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Join us as we recognize prisoners of war and America's sons and daughters who remain missing with our annual wreath laying at the Memorial's POW/MIA flag, located on the east lawn (behind the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument). At 11AM, Bedford County Public Schools JROTC cadets will present the colors, lay a wreath, and play taps. Regular admission fees apply for the in-person event. The remembrance event will be recorded and streamed at 11:30AM along with pre-recorded stories of a former prisoner of war and a missing soldier from World War II.

Our 2023 commemoration featured remarks from Governor Glenn Youngkin, Maj. General Timothy Williams, Dr. John C. McManus, Kevin Hymel, and George Patton "Pat" Waters. [gallery size="medium" columns="5" ids="30317,30316,30313,30314,30315"] Governor Glenn Youngkin is the 74th governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in Virginia Beach. He earned an athletic scholarship to Rice University, where he received an engineering degree. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. After college and business school, he worked his way to the top of the Carlyle Group as co-CEO, playing a key role in building Carlyle into a... Keynote Speaker Rear Adm. Michael J. Steffen and Special Guest Virginia Lt. Governor Winsome Earle-Sears   [caption id="attachment_29766" align="alignright" width="240"] Rear Adm. Michael J. Steffen[/caption] Keynote speaker Rear Adm. Michael J. Steffen is a native of Bedford, Virginia, and a 1992 graduate of Virginia Tech. He was commissioned through the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets in conjunction with the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program and designated a naval aviator in 1994. He also holds a Master of Science in Global Business Leadership from the University of San Diego. His sea duty tours include serving with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS-4) “Black Knights”, deploying twice...