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 Spring FREEDOM RIDE Run Walk

Saturday May 19, 2018

Monongalia County Courthouse PlazA

 Historic City Square, Morgantown WV

FREEDOM Ride Run Walk







"The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten."

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of The United States of America

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Morgantown's 7th Gene Vance Jr. Day honor's the legacy of American soldiers who returned home from the longest ongoing war in US history, remembers the fallen and supports the wounded in honor of US soldier, Gene Arden Vance Jr.   


Framed by Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day, it has been observed in The United States of America since 2012. Observances and tributes occur annually on May 18 in the City of Morgantown, West Virginia.

LE A R N  M O R E  

Armed forces Day 2018

To hope, to be optimistic and to build a better, safer, fairer, more just future 

is the work of those who perform community service. 

Demonstrating commitment to the greater good is the most important way

in which we will prevail as a nation. 


Bill Kawecki


All residents and visitors are invited to participate. Show your support and respect for the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform that afford us the freedom we cherish as Americans on this day, in this great land. 

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  State Tributes and Greetings

Joe Manchin III

United States Senator

Command Sergeant Major Phillip R. Cantrell

State Command Sergeant Major - WVARNG



David B. McKinley, P.E.


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Shelly Moore Capito

United States Senator

Jim Justice


Dr. E. Gordon Gee

West Virginia University


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 Honoring Community

"The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten."

Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of The United States of America

 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.



The Freedom Monument Community Project

   Gene Vance Jr. Foundation Operation Total RestorationTM

This site is created and sponsored by MIKE M INC. GLOBAL BRAND DEVELOPMENT U.S.A. ©2018 The Gene Vance Jr. Foundation ALL RIGHTS RESERVED 

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