Shenandoah County will host Service & Sacrifice 75, an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, April 17-19, 2020. The highlight of the weekend among many, will be a formal recognition of those who served in the military during WW II, as well as those who sacrificed at home.
Retired Lt. General Ben Freakley, author Austin Gisriel, and historical illustrator Keith Rocco are organizing the event and are eager for veterans who wish to be recognized to contact them.
“It is important to recognize what these men and women did 75 years ago,” said General Freakley. “It’s important for them and for us. I want my grandchildren to be able to tell their grandchildren, ‘I met someone who helped save the world,’ and that’s exactly what our veterans did.”
“The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford held what they deemed ‘The Final Salute,’ at which they recognized veterans on the 75th anniversary of D-Day,” added Gisriel. “This is really our last opportunity to recognize our area vets as a group.”
Military veterans who served during World War II and who wish to be recognized are asked to send their name, all contact information (address, phone number, and e-mail address), unit, rank, and citations to the committee at Service & Sacrifice 75, P.O. Box 779, Woodstock, VA 22644 or to e-mail the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org Please also include, where applicable, the contact information for anyone who will make arrangements for the veterans to be recognized.
Civilians who worked in defense plants, served in any militia or Civilian Defense forces, participated in scrap drives or bond drives, or simply kept the home fires burning are asked to provide their contact information and a brief description of their service.
Registrants will receive confirmation and instructions in March.
“America was at its best during that time,” said Rocco. “Perhaps this event will, in some small way, inspire us to achieve our best as neighbors and as citizens.”
Service & Sacrifice 75 will be held on the campus of the Massanutten Military Academy.
For more information, contact Austin Gisriel: 301-988-4000 email@example.com
Photos available upon request, but please know that at this point, any such photos would be generic shots of the MMA campus, or of us, the steering committee.