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Virginia War Memorial To Celebrate 60th Anniversary

The Commonwealth’s Tribute To Its Military Heroes and Veterans

Dedicated on February 29, 1956


The Virginia War Memorial will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of its official opening on February 29, 2016.

On February 29, 1956, hundreds gathered onsite at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond when the Commonwealth’s tribute to the over 9,000 Virginia servicemen and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice during World War II and the Korean War was dedicated.

Over the past six decades, the Memorial has added the names of Virginians who died while serving in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the ongoing Global War on Terrorism and now total nearly 12,000.

On Monday, February 29 at 5 p.m., the public is invited to join keynote speaker, The Honorable William J. Howell, Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, and other distinguished guests for a special ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Memorial at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond.

The event will also include a tribute to The Honorable Frank D. Hargrove, who served over 28 years in the Virginia House of Delegates representing Hanover County and 13 years as chair of the Memorial’s Board of Trustees. The Memorial’s Grand Plaza will be officially named in honor of Delegate Hargrove as part of the ceremonies.

Admission to the Virginia War Memorial’s 60th Anniversary Celebration is free. Parking is also free in the Memorial’s lot but will be limited for this event. Additional parking may be available at adjacent lots and on street.

For more information, please call 804.786.2060 or go to

About the Virginia War Memorial

The mission of the Virginia War Memorial is to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth and Instill Patriotism in All. Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terrorism. The Virginia War Memorial is a division of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and serves as an integral part of its mission in support of all Virginians who served in our military forces. Please visit or Facebook/virginiawarmemorial for additional details.

About The Virginia War Memorial Foundation

Founded in 2000, The Virginia War Memorial Foundation (VWMF) is the non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to the financial support of all of the educational outreach, patriotic programs, historical exhibits and documentary films of the Virginia War Memorial. Donations to the Foundation from individuals, corporations, military and veterans groups and other organizations may be tax-deductible and are encouraged and appreciated. For more information, please visit or Facebook/virginiawarmemorialfoundation.