I wanted to share with you a few recent news stories covering events I participated in recently.
I attended a commemoration of the anniversaries of World War I and World War II in Caroline County and was a guest starter for the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg. You can read more below.
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Caroline County commemorates anniversaries of WWI and WWII
May 20, 2017
Caroline County, in partnership with Fort A.P. Hill and the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, held the inaugural event in a year-long series of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI and 75th anniversary of WWII. The special ceremony in April was developed to honor the sacrifices of Caroline County residents during the wars.
Honored guests and speakers included Congressman Rob Wittman, Râ€“1st District, Lt. Col. Andrew Q. Jordan, Commander of Fort A.P. Hill, and Cheryl L. Jackson, Executive Director of the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission. Jeffrey S. Black, Chairman of the Caroline County Board of Supervisors, served as master of ceremonies for the event.
Descendants of WWI veterans, and WWII veterans and their family descendants were honored with the commemorative coin from the Commonwealth of Virginia and a certificate of appreciation presented by Caroline County. Recipients of these honors ranged in age from a 7-year-old honoring her great-great-great-uncle who was killed during WWI to a 102-year-old WWII veteran.
Marine Corps Historic Half challenges runners for 10th anniversary
May 21, 2017
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. â€” Just 10 years ago, no one knew if the Marine Corps Historic Half would really take hold, but each year the race has grown bigger and better. Since 2008, the Historic Half in Fredericksburg has seen 50,000 runners, and this year runners from 46 states and seven countries are pounding the pavement.
For the Historic Halfâ€™s 10th anniversary, race organizers added a new challenge for runners: the â€śDevil Dog Double.â€ť
Congressman Rob Wittman (R-Va., 1st District) has been a part of the Historic Half over the last 10 years as a celebrity starter firing the starting pistol. He says people come from all over to Fredericksburg for the race, even making it a weekend destination.
â€śItâ€™s really amazing how it turned out and what itâ€™s become today,â€ť he said, adding that for the running community they look to this race as one that they have to check off their list.