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NOVEMBER 11, 2021 Veterans Day

WWI Soldier Karl SchumVeteran's Day Poster2021The Chesterfield County  Veterans's Day Ceremony, sponsored by Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV), will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 2:00 pm at the Chesterfield County Historic 1917 Courthouse Green, 10011  Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832. You don’t have to be a Veteran to join The Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia (CHSV) to honor those who have served us. The ceremony is free and members of the public are encouraged to participate in this event. Representatives of Veterans organizations throughout Chesterfield and surrounding counties have been invited to lay wreaths along the Veterans Memorial wall in front of the 1917 historic courthouse.  (Pictured is Karl Schrum, Chesterfield, VA c 1918)

 Twenty Four Notes of Emotion:  The program will feature the origins of “Taps” which was adapted from “tattoo” by Union Major General Daniel Butterfield for his brigade during July 1862 and with the help of  the brigade bugler, Oliver Willcox Norton,  “Taps” was created to honor his men while in camp,   John Blair, a member of  Bugles Across America will be guest speaker and perform a serenade of Taps

Of all the military bugle calls, none is so easily recognized or more apt to evoke emotion than “Taps.” The melody is both eloquent and haunting and the history of its origin is interesting and somewhat clouded in controversy and myth.  Up to the Civil War, the infantry call for Lights Out was that set down in Silas Casey's (1801-1882) Tactics, which had been borrowed from the French. The music for Taps was changed by Union General Daniel Butterfield for his Brigade (Third Brigade, First Division, Fifth Army Corps, Army of the Potomac) in July of 1862.

At the MuseumBerkeley plantation artifacts, which was the original site of Taps being played, will be on display for the day in the Chesterfield Museum.  While you are there for the Veteran's Day Program, tour the museum exhibits pertaining to Chesterfield County history.

  Tommy Sammons, Uncle SamA special tribute will be given to Tommy Sammons, Chesterfield County's Uncle SamPatriotic LIne



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Picture of Our Memorial Wall is an honored place containing those who have died in our wars.  One such fallen hero is Sgt. Jeffrey A. Reed (1985-2009)  of Chesterfield, Virginia was a 2004 graduate of Lloyd C. Bird High School.  He joined the army shortly after, following the example of his older brother, who left college to sign up with the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He served as a military police officer and deployed to Iraq in January 2008. And Jeffrey was proud to be a soldier. When he found that Iraqi children were playing soccer with deflated balls or resorting to kicking around soda bottles, the lifelong soccer fan wrote home to organize a big shipment of balls. He didn't hesitate to get on the field himself and join in with anyone he found playing. It was just another facet of his long fascination with sports. As a young boy Jeffrey was short for his size and rather chunky. As a teenager, he resolved to do something about it. He lost 40 pounds through a combination of exercise and a strict diet. Jeff loved his family and the Philadelphia Flyers. He was just 15 days from coming home from his second deployment. He was the son of Mark and Mary Reed of Chesterfield County, VA. Jeff died at age 23 in Balad, Iraq, of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by a grenade in Taji, Iraq. 

  • Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” –Unknown 

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