Thursday, September 9, 2010

Virginia War Memorial Remodeled

Shrine of Honor at the Virginia War Memorial
Did you know there are 11,634 names of Virginia heroes etched in the glass-and-stone walls in the Virginia War Memorial's Shrine of Honor?
After a decades-long effort to remodel the Memorial on Belvedere just north of the Lee Bridge, it is finally complete and a three-day inauguration is planned for September 17-19. The new Galanti Education Center, named for POW Paul Galanti and his wife, Phyllis, a prominent advocate for POW issues, will provide a facility for educational programs and related events. The Center includes an auditorium where a film, Into Battle, puts visitors in soldier-view frontline conditions from WWII to present day. Starting at 10 a.m. on September 17, retired Admiral Robert H. Shumaker will speak. According to his bio, Shumaker spent eight years in various Vietnam prisons and was known for devising all sorts of communications systems and never getting caught. He is credited with coining the phrase "the Hanoi Hilton" describing the Hoa Lo prison.

Other speakers, music, exhibitions, and family events are scheduled for the Inauguration, call 786-2060 or visit vawarmemorial.org

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
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