"The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten."
Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of The United States of America
Gene Vance Jr. Day
On May 18, 2012 US Armed Forces Day, a new day in the United States of America called the "Gene Vance Jr. Day" was created by the Gene Vance Jr. Foundation with support from officials representing the State of West Virginia, City of Morgantown, West Virginia Army National Guard, West Virginia University, business and media organizations.
To Honor the Legacy of American soldiers who returned home from the longest ongoing war in US history, remembers the fallen and supports the wounded.
Framed by Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day in the United States, the day is observed annually in Morgantown on May 18.
An Unforgettable City That Never Forgets
Situated along the banks of the Monongahela River in the rolling green hills of West Virginia lies the City of Morgantown.
Morgantown is best known as the home of West Virginia University and the Personal Rapid Transit system. It was founded in 1772 by Colonel Zackquill Morgan.
Morgantown is an unforgettable City in several ways. Throughout its history it never forgot to honor its heroes.
From a masterful statue of its founder to a unique annual day called The Gene Vance Jr Day, the City pays tribute to those who serve, have fallen and are wounded defending liberty and community.
Morgantown’s rich legacy of honor is further reflected in The Vance Mile Bike Path and the Gene Arden Vance Jr. Memorial Drive reflecting the true meaning of community support.