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Annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Chesterfield County at the Historic 1917 Courthouse, 10011 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832

Music by the

Thomas Dale High School Band and the L.C. Byrd High School Chorus

Chesterfield County Veterans Day at the Chesterfield Historic 1917 Courthouse November 11, 2016  2:00 P.M. 



Gary Powers, Jr
Our Veteran's Day Guest Speaker is: Gary Powers, Jr. - He is the son of Francis Gary and Claudia "Sue"Powers. Gary is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Cold War Museum, a 501(c) (3) charity located at Vint Hill, VA 45 minutes west of Washington, DC, He founded the museum in 1996 to honor Cold War veterans, preserve Cold War history, and educate future generations about this time period. As Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study he works with the National Park Service and leading Cold War experts to identify historic Cold War sites for commemorating, interpreting, and preservation.

 

 

In conjunction with the Veterans Day program, an exhibit will be open at the Chesterfield County Historic Jail, entitled, "The Chesterfield County Police Department: Celebrating 100 Years". Also on display around the Historic 1917 Courthouse during the Veterans Day event will be exhibits on the CHSV Veterans Database, the Bermuda Hundred NSDAR, the Chesterfield UDC Chapter #851, Richmond Chapter of American Gold Star Mothers, Virginia Fallen Heroes Banner Project, Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center.

 

We continue to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of World War One -  1914-2018.  There is a small exhibit in the Chesterfield County Community Development Building and a larger exhibit will be planned for 2018. 

 



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Major John McCrae.

 

Major John McCraeDuring the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres. An exploding German artillery shell landed near him. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friend of his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae. As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain had been called away somewhere else on duty that evening. It is believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem "In Flanders Fields"

 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.



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