Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission
Partner Information Sessions
The General Assembly created the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission to plan, develop, and carry out programs and events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II, a statewide commemoration that holds tremendous educational, economic, and tourism opportunities.
Primary goals of the commemoration include honoring veterans and preserving their stories, connecting people to history through travel and tourism, and inspiring a desire to learn more. In partnership with museums, historic sites, and organizations across the state, the Commission is planning a number of programs and Signature Events, including:
Tourism marketing grants of up to $5,000 to museums, historic sites, and partner organizations
"Profiles of Honor" traveling museum and legacy scanning of images related to WWI and WWII
Statewide teacher symposium
Signature Events at locations across the state
Statewide calendar of events and interactive listing of places to visit
Plan to attend an information session to share information with planning partners and learn more about how to be involved. Please RSVP to Cheryl Jackson, Executive Director, at (804) 786-3591, ext. 276 or
Thursday, July 7 - 10:30 a.m.
Virginia State Capitol
1000 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Friday, July 8 - 11:00 a.m.
816 Burks Hill Road
Bedford, VA 24523
Thursday, July 14 - 11:00 a.m.
198 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Friday, July 15 - 11:00 a.m.
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
901 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
The Richmond information session will be held in House Room 3, which is located in the underground extension of the State Capitol, accessed through the public entrance on Bank Street. Optional: A special guided tour of the State Capitol will depart from House Room 3 after the program.
The Bedford information session will be held in the Bedford Welcome Center, which is located at the foot of the Memorial, just off of US Route 460. A special guided tour of the D-Day Memorial will be available following the program.
Wednesday, July 20 - 3:00 p.m.
Historic Smithfield Plantation
1000 Smithfield Plantation Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Tuesday, August 2 - 10:30 a.m.
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Triangle, VA 22172