ABOUT THE COMMISSION
The Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission was created by the General Assembly to plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.
Delegate M. Kirkland Cox, Chairman
Senator Bryce E. Reeves
Senator Richard L. Saslaw
Delegate Marcus B. Simon
Charles F. Bryan, Jr.
Brigadier General USA (Ret.) John W. Mountcastle
EX OFFICIO MEMBERS:
John Maxwell, Commissioner, Department of Veterans Services
Lt. Col. (Ret.) John C. "Clay" Mountcastle, Director, VA War Memorial
Lily Jones and Rusty Nix
A message from the Chairman...
It is important that we honor our heroes and their service to our nation, and that we preserve and remember their stories. Nations across the world are marking the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of WWII.
America's entry into World War II in 1941 was a turning point in a conflict that had been raging since September 1939. More than 16 million men and women joined the fight, with over 400,000 Americans paying the ultimate price of freedom, more than 11,400 of whom were Virginians.
Twenty-five years before that, more than 100,000 Virginians served in WWI, with over 3,700 dying from disease, combat, and training accidents. We can never forget their sacrifice and the freedoms they fought to secure for the generations to come.
The Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission is planning a robust series of programs to commemorate the anniversaries of these events, seeking to honor the sacrifices of the soldiers and the citizens who supported their efforts back home. We hope that you will plan to join us throughout this statewide commemoration, as we come together to honor, to remember, and to thank our heroes.
--- Delegate M. Kirkland Cox, Chairman, 2016