2019 News Reports

March 20, 2020

When Adair Archer’s country needed him the most. the soldier answered the call. The 26-year-old sergeant lost his life in October 1918 during World War I. His death made front page news in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The University of Virginia graduate did not die from wounds on a battlefield, however... Errol Somay, with Virginia Newspaper Project, says Archer died at the hands of an invisible enemy... "Exactly 100 years ago was one of the greatest plagues of our time. Maybe in recorded history," Somay said: The Spanish Flu. An influenza...

February 23, 2020

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, has been renovated just in time for the 75th anniversary of the famous flag raising above Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. The Japanese island, located in the Pacific Ocean between the U.S. territory of Guam and the Japanese mainland, was the location of a five-week World War II battle during the spring of 1945. President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated the memorial, which depicts 32-foot-high figures raising a 60-foot flagpole, on Nov. 10, 1954...

February 01, 2020

Tickets are on sale now for this year’s Virginia International Tattoo. A Tattoo is a military band or drum line. Musicians participated in a kickoff event Friday morning in Downtown Norfolk. The Virginia Arts Festival announced that this year’s theme will mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Bands from all over the world will participate. “More than 1,000 performers from seven different countries. And if you’ve been before, this year’s performance will stand out because...

January 01, 2020

Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced that two new Virginia-class submarines will be named after the USS Arizona and USS Oklahoma in honor of the sailors that died on those vessels during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The two names will return to service 78 years after the surprise attack on December 7, 1941. The majority of the US casualties in that attack came from those two ships. The next two Virginia-class nuclear fast-attack subs, SSN-802 and SSN-803, will be named USS Oklahoma and USS Arizona respectively. Modly called on residents...

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