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

Thursday, December 8, 2016

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7:30 a.m.: Robins Center opens for check-in

9:15 a.m.: Music begins, played by a contingent of the Virginia Military Institute Regimental Band, directed by COL John A. Brodie


9:30 a.m.:  Program begins


Call to Order

Greg McQuade, News Anchor, CBS 6 TV

Honor Parade of World War II veterans, and presentation of commemorative coins

Led by University of Richmond Army ROTC Spider Battalion Color Guard and Chancellor E. Bruce Heilman

Posting of the Colors

University of Richmond Army ROTC Spider Battalion Color Guard

Pledge of Allegiance

National Anthem

University of Richmond Schola Cantorum, directed by Jeffrey Riehl



Dr. David Burhans


Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher, President, University of Richmond

Delegate M. Kirkland Cox, Chairman, Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission



Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, Chancellor, University of Richmond (USMC, Ret.)

Admiral John C. Harvey, Jr., Virginia Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs (USN, Ret.)

Introduction of Speaker

Brigadier General John W. Mountcastle (USA, Ret.)

Keynote Address

Rick Atkinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and military historian

Video presentation

"God Bless America"

University of Richmond Schola Cantorum


Chaplain William H. Gibson

Closing and Announcements

Noon: Lunch for all attendees, with activities that include:

  • Profiles of Honor Tour, open for visitors outside the North Entrance, in the President's Circle

  • Americans in Wartime Museum mobile recording studio, outside in the President's Circle

  • Document scanning

  • Partner museum tables

  • Bookstore and book signings

1:30 p.m.: Afternoon Partners Forum begins (separate registration required)​




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