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

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

TRIBUTE to HEROES VIII

OFFICIAL OBSERVANCE PROGRAM

Saturday May 18, 2019

Monongalia County Courthouse Plaza, Historic Square

243 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505

*in case of rain Spruce St. United Methodist Church 

386 Spruce St, Morgantown WV 26505

U.S. Armed Forces DaY

8th Gene Vance Jr. Day

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. 

 

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Bill Kawecki

Mayor

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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9:30 AM LIVE Music on The Historic City Square Plaza

  

** FEATURED MUSICIANS **

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CEREMONY

The ceremony will be held in the Historic City Plaza

*In case of rain the ceremony will be held at Spruce St. United Methodist Church

Welcome

Master of Ceremonies Command Sergeant Major Dennis Riggs  

  2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Posting of Colors

West Virginia Army National Guard  

The National Anthem of The United States of America

"The Star Spangled Banner" sung by Vox Principalis Choir  

   

Prayer

Lead by the Reverend Neil Leftwich

 Prayer Choral Accompaniment

Sung by Vox Principalis Choir

 

11:11 AM - GLOBAL MOMENT of SILENCE

will be observed at all Gene Vance Jr. Memorials Worldwide

TRIBUTES and GREETINGS

The State of West Virginia ARMED FORCES DAY CITATION

Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer 

West Virginia House of Delegates

 The City of Morgantown Annual Gene Vance Jr. Day PROCLAMATION  

 The Honorable Mayor Bill Kawecki 

City of Morgantown 

                                                                          

Senator Joe Manchin III

Regional Coordinator Michael Garcia   

Senator Shelly Moore Capito

Delegate Evan Hansen

West Virginia House of Delegates

Governor Jim Justice

State Command Sergeant Major James D. Jones 

West Virginia Army National Guard  

Major General James A. Hoyer 

The Adjutant General, West Virginia Joint Forces Headquarters 

 (by Video) 

 

Command Sergeant Major James D. Jones 

State Command Sergeant Major West Virginia Army National Guard 

  

President E. Gordon Gee 

Director Jerry L. Wood 

West Virginia University Veteran and Military Programs 

  

18th Anniversary Year of 9/11 Tribute

Chief  Edward Preston 

Chief of Police, City of Morgantown

USMC Veteran 

Michael M. J. Minc 

Founder, Gene Vance Jr. Foundation 

Reading of “Names of the WV Fallen"

and Wreath Laying Ceremony

Command Sergeant Major Dennis Riggs

Command Sergeant Major 2nd Battalion 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

           

Laying of Wreath I

City of Morgantown  

 The Honorable Mayor Bill Kawecki 

Special Guest Greg Carden

              

 Laying of Wreath II
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)

 Joan R. Gibson, Woodburn Chapter Regent

Laying of Wreath III

National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR)

Colonel Zackquill Morgan Chapter  

Rebecca Davis,  Regent

Special Guests

  The West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS)

Thom Kirk, Deputy Secretary

 

West Virginia House of Delegates

Delegate Evan Hansen

Greg Carden 

DHS / WVARNG

Doug and Jane Geary

West Virginia Patriot Guard

HONOR GUARDS

West Virginia Army National Guard   

Morgantown Police Dept.

Morgantown Fire Department

 

Flag Line

West Virginia Patriot Guard

  Official Photograph & Media Event

Monongalia County Courthouse Plaza, Historic Square

243 High St, Morgantown, WV 26505

*in case of rain the ceremony will be held at Morgantown's United Methodist Church 386 Spruce St, Morgantown WV 26505

Program & Events may be subject to change. Watch media for updates.

12:00 PM- EVENTS START...

VOX PRINCIPALIS CHOIR 

249th ARMY BAND 

ERIC

LEWIS 

NICK LARSON

 
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