COLONIAL HEIGHTS Community commemorates Veterans Day
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Numerous Colonial Heights citizens gathered at the city’s War Memorial to highlight the Veterans Day holiday with ceremonial activities Saturday.
Activities included the posting of the colors, wreath laying, honors, and speeches by local dignitaries.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I, the keynote speaker was French Army Lt. Col. Thierry Balga.
Balga is a transportation officer who served in Kosovo, Bosnia, Lebanon, the Ivory Coast, and as the chief logistics officer for French Special Operations Forces in Burkina, Faso. He currently serves as a liaison officer assigned to the Combined Arms Support Command, CASCOM, at Fort Lee.
Colonial Heights Mayor Gregory Kochuba, issued proclamations honoring the American Legion and VFW Rev. William
“Someone who has served our country is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a check made out to the United States of America for the amount including his life. That is honor.” David Dudley, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 12145
H. Gibson III conducted a prayer.
“Be with our president, the leaders of our country, and the men and women who make national policy, that they may be guided by the spirit of peace,” Gibson prayed.
The ceremony was cosponsored by the Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Robert E. Lee Post 2239.
The American Legion was organized during WWI and chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans’ organization.
The Legion is community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members - men and women - in almost 14,000 American Legion Posts worldwide.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the SpanishAmerican War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. The VFW mission is to "honor the dead by helping the living" through veterans' service, community service, national security and a strong national defense.
American Legion Post 284 participates in the placing of the wreaths at the Veterans Day Memorial Services at the Memorial Monument in Colonial Heights on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11.