COLO­NIAL HEIGHTS Com­mu­nity com­mem­o­rates Veter­ans Day

The Progress-Index Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Kelsey Reichenberg Staff Writer

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.

[KELSEY REICHENBERG/PROGRESS-IN­DEX.COM]

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.

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