Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission
Tribute to Veterans
"Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War"
Additional Commemoration Events:

December 05, 2016

10:00am - 11:30am

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Quill Theater presents an original multimedia event, “INFAMY: Remembering Pearl Harbor.” Experience the sights and sounds of December 7, 1941—“a date which will live in infamy”— through live readings of first-hand accounts, archival film footage, and audio recordings that will bring to life the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people in both Virginia and Hawaii as the United States was drawn into the Second World War.


Performances will take place on December 5, 6, and 7 at 10 a.m., and December 7 at 7 p.m. (followed by a talkback).

For more information and ticket pricing, please click HERE.

December 06, 2016


Ninety minutes after Imperial Japan began its attack on Pearl Harbor, it was over.

2,008 Navy sailors were killed and 710 others wounded; 218 Army soldiers and airmen were killed and 364 wounded; 109 Marines were killed and 69 wounded; and 68 civilians were killed and 35 wounded. In total, 2,403 Americans died and 1,178 were wounded.

On the evening of December 6th, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a very special candlelight vigil at the WWII Memorial in honor of the 2,403 men and women killed at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.

Over the course of three hours, the name of each of these individuals who lost their lives on that fateful day will be read and remembered at the WWII Memorial.

December 07, 2016

11:00am - 12:00pm

This ceremony honors those killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, which resulted in the United States entering World War II. The Virginians at War film "Pearl Harbor" will be shown continuously in Reynolds Theater. The event is co-hosted by the Richmond Council of the Navy League of the United States. The Commonwealth's Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony will also feature the ribbon-cutting ceremony and premiere for the Virginia WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour.

December 07, 2016


Nearly 75 years ago, Imperial Japan launched a surprise military attack on United States military installations on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The main attack occurred at Pearl Harbor; however, other targets included Ford Island, Hickam Field, Wheeler Field, Bellows Field, Ewa Marine Corps Air Station, Kaneohe Naval Air Station, and Schofield Barracks.

The December 7, 1941 attack, known collectively as Pearl Harbor, took the lives of 2,008 Navy sailors, 218 Army soldiers and airmen, 109 Marines, and 68 civilians; left 1,178 wounded; and catapulted the United States into the deadliest conflict in human history. Over the course of December 7-8, 1941, Imperial Japan would also launch attacks on Midway, Wake Island, Guam, The Philippines, Malaya, and Hong Kong.

To mark this significant date in world history, the Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service will co-host a very special Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration on December 7th at 12:53 p.m. at the WWII Memorial.

The special ceremony will remember and honor those killed and wounded in the attacks and pay tribute to a generation of people who helped to free the world from tyranny. Additionally, the event will kick-off a four-year WWII 75th Anniversary Commemoration which will be highlighted by more than 60 ceremonies, commemorations of battle anniversaries, and other special events to mark this historic period in our nation’s history and to honor the heroic men and women of the Greatest Generation.

As part of the ceremony, Pearl Harbor Survivors, World War II veterans, and other dignitaries will lay wreaths at the "Freedom Wall" of the National World War II Memorial.

Senator John McCain, the senior United States Senator from Arizona, will serve as the event’s keynote speaker. Additionally, Senator McCain will be joined by his 104-year-old mother, Mrs. Roberta McCain, in presenting the United States of America wreath at the Memorial. Senator McCain’s father and grandfather, the first father-son pair ever to achieve four star admiral rank in the U.S. Navy, both served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII.

Elliott (Toby) Roosevelt III, the great-grandson of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, will read President Roosevelt’s December 8, 1941 “Infamy Speech” and offer personal remarks on behalf of the Roosevelt family.

December 07, 2016


The seven remaining WWII veterans of Martinsville-Henry County will be honored at the Historic Courthouse and Heritage Center. The event will feature a variety of speakers and celebratory activities, as well as a moment of silence at 1:53 p.m. This will be the precursor to a project to capture the oral histories of these seven veterans. Email for more information!

December 08, 2016

Dawn of Infamy - Livestream site at Alexandria American Legion Post 24

9:00am - 12:00pm

For those WW2 Veterans and family members who would like to participate in the Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War program locally, the Alexandria American Legion Post No. 24 will be hosting a special live viewing of this Richmond-based event in the American Legion Ballroom, 400 Cameron Street.  Doors will open at 9 a.m. with coffee, donuts, and time to socialize. All are welcome to attend.  The Alexandria-satellite program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be projected on a screen. Remarks and recognitions by American Legion Post 24 will begin following the conclusion of the broadcast. RSVPs are encouraged to  Rides can be arranged for Veterans.  This satellite viewing is sponsored by American Legion Post 24 and the City of Alexandria, Office of Historic Alexandria. 

December 08, 2016

9:30am - 11:30am

On December 8, 2016, the Lexington WWI/WWII Commemoration Committee in partnership with the George C. Marshall Foundation is sponsoring a live-streaming viewing party of "Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War." This ceremony, held in Richmond, is designed to thank the state's WWII veterans for their service. The viewing will take place in Gillis Theatre, part of the Center for Leadership and Ethics on the campus of the Virginia Military Institute.  The event will begin at 9:30 AM and will conclude around 11:30 AM.  Please plan to attend and bring a veteran so we may honor their service and sacrifice. 


If you would like more information about this program, please contact local committee chairman Brad Hastings at 540-460-3063 or

December 08, 2016

9:30am - 12:00pm

The Shenandoah County Library will be hosting a Tribute for WWII Veterans watch party at our library on December 8th. WWII veterans, their families, and the families of any deceased WWII Veteran are invited. All vets in attendance who register by November 27th will receive a commemorative coin. To register go to The library is located at 514 Stoney Creek Blvd., Edinburg VA, 22824. For more information contact Zachary Hottel, Archivist, at (540)984-8200.


This event is a part of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Shenandoah County’s efforts to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

December 08, 2016

9:30am - 12:00pm

York County World War II veterans and those from other localities as well will be honored in a commemoration event being held in conjunction with the Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission’s “Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War” tribute to World War II veterans being held that morning in Richmond. The Richmond event will be live simulcast for the convenience of those veterans not able to travel to Richmond that day. The York Hall event will follow the Richmond proceedings while also including a local recognition ceremony to honor those WWII veterans in attendance.

Priority seating will be given to WWII veterans and their families. Escorts will be available to aid those needing assistance with seating. Relatives and descendants of WWII veterans, veterans of other conflicts, and active military personnel are all encouraged to attend to help pay tribute to their comrades in arms who were called to serve our nation during this tumultuous time 75 years ago.
This event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited and registration is required for all attendees. Registration will close December 2 or when space is filled. To register, please call (757) 877-5920 or logon to the York County Historical Museum’s website at and complete the online registration form.

In the event of inclement weather, please call the Yorktown event weather hotline at (757) 890-3520 for updates.

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December 8th, 2016 Live-Stream Partner Locations

American Legion Alexandria Post 24

134 North Royal Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

Contact: Michelle Longo (

American Legion Northampton Post 56

21210 North Bayside Road

Cheriton, VA 23316

Contact: Commander Bill Stramm (

Bedford Welcome Center

816 Burks Hill Rd,

Bedford, VA 24523

Contact: Jim McCann (

Caroline Co. Visitor's Center

23724 Rogers Clark Blvd.
Ruther Glen, VA 22546

Contacts: Susan Sili (

Kathy Beard (

Cumberland County High School

15 School Road

Cumberland, VA 23040

Contact: Amy Griffin, Superintendent (

Greenspring Retirement Community

7400 Spring Village Drive
Springfield, VA 22150

Contact: Kelly Lukschander (

Historic Masonic Theatre - Hosted by: Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

510 Main St

Clifton Forge, VA 24422

Contact: Teresa Hammond (

Nelson County High School Auditorium

6919 Thomas Nelson Hwy

Lovingston, VA 22949

Contact: Maureen Kelly (

Pulaski County Administration Building

143 3rd Street NW#1

Pulaski, VA 24301

Contact: Sharon Hardy (

Sitter-Barfoot Veterans Care Center

1601 Broad Rock Blvd

Richmond, VA 23224

Contact: Dana Rivera (804) 371-8000

Shenandoah County Library

514 Stoney Creek Boulevard

Edinburg, VA 22824

Contact: Zach Hottel ( / (540) 984-8200)

Stafford / Fredericksburg / Spotsylvania - Eagles Lodge

5100 Jake McWhirt Ln

Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Contact: Shannon Howell ( / (540) 658-4893)

University of Richmond - Robins Center

(Main Event Location)

23 Boatwright Ln.

Richmond, VA 

Contact: Lily Jones (

VMI Center for Leadership and Ethics (in partnership with Marshall Foundation)

Gillis Theatre

500 Anderson Dr,

Lexington, VA 24450

Contact: Brad Hastings ( and Jeffrey Kozak (

York County - York Hall

York Hall

301 Main Street

Yorktown, VA  23690

Contact: Dave Meredith (

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