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Gene Vance Jr. Day 2017


Honoring the legacy of American soldiers who returned home from the longest ongoing war in US history, remembering the fallen and supporting the wounded

Tribute to Heroes Wreath Laying Ceremony Program



Thursday May 18, 2017 - 1.30 PM


300 Spruce St, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA

The ceremony will be held at the foot of the statue of

the founder of Morgantown, Colonel Zackquill Morgan

(In the event of rain the ceremony will be held in City Council chambers)     



All residents and visitors to Morgantown are invited to attend and show their support and respect for the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. These sacrifices afford us the freedom we cherish as Americans on this day, in this great land, and

that those men and women never be forgotten.

1.30 PM: Master of Ceremonies 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces (Airborne) welcomes




Dr Randy Flanagan


Reading of “The City of Morgantown annual Gene Vance Jr. Day PROCLAMATION”   

 Mayor Marti Shamberger 


Reading of “The State of West Virginia CERTIFICATE of RECOGNITION”

 Mayor Marti Shamberger  


State Tributes and Greetings


Senator Joe Manchin II

    Deputy Mayor Bill Kawecki    

Senator Shelly Moore Capito

Jenny Selin 

Governor Jim Justice  

Nancy Ganz 

Congressman David McKinley

District Director Rod Rogers

West Virginia National Guard

 Assistant Adjutant General

Joint Task Force Commander 

Brigadier General Russell A. Crane

West Virginia University   

Ron Justice



Reading of “Names of the WV Fallen"

2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces (Airborne)


Laying of Wreath I

Special Guest Greg Carden


Laying of Wreath II

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)

Woodburn Chapter - Joan R. Gibson, Regent  

Laying of Wreath III

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)

Elizabeth Ludington Hagans - Col. John Evans Chapter  

Susan Arnold, Regent

Wreaths will be placed in tribute to the fallen and to mark the plans to build the

Gene Arden Vance, Jr. Memorial to the Catastrophically Injured,

which will serve as a symbol of courage, hope, honor and

the commitment to world peace.

Honorary presentation by WV Chapter of the

United States Special Forces Association


Mother of Gene Arden Vance Jr., June C. Steele


Announcement by sculptor Jamie Lester



West Virginia Army National Guard   

Morgantown Police Dept.

Morgantown Fire Department


Flag Line

West Virginia Patriot Guard


Special Guests

U.S. Special Forces Association

Vandalia Bronze (sculptor of Col. Morgan)

WV Department of Veterans Assistance

Calvin Trae Elswick

Veterans Service Officer


  2.30 PM: Official Photograph




Subject  to  change

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