More than 54,000 members of the United States armed forces lost their lives in the Korean War. The remaining American men and women who served, 6.8 million, bore witness to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. This year, Stafford County dedicates its annual Memorial Day Ceremony to the fallen in the Korean War and invites the families of the fallen, Korean War veterans, and the public to help remember them. Out of deference to other local observations, the ceremony occurs on Friday, May 27, at 10:00 a.m. at the Armed Services memorial located to the rear of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford (22554).
“While our ceremony honors all, we continue focusing on the fallen from each of the conflicts named in our Armed Services Memorial at our Memorial Day ceremonies,” said Chairman of the Stafford Board of Supervisors Crystal Vanuch, Rock Hill District. “We want to show the families of those who were lost and their fellow Korean War veterans that we remember and honor their sacrifice.”
All families of fallen service members and veterans from the Korean War and further back are asked to identify themselves to the greeters for special seating.
The ceremony’s keynote speaker will be Colonel Michael L. Brooks, Marine Corps Base Quantico commander. Singing the National Anthem will be members of the All-State Chorus students from Stafford’s five high schools. Pastor Chris Brown of Cornerstone Church and Chaplain for Stafford County Fire and Rescue will give the invocation.
Rolling Thunder Chapter VA 3 will be special guests and present a special formation. All those with motorcycles who would like to honor the fallen are welcome to the ceremony and asked to part in the front row of the parking lot next to the Memorial.
The Memorial is located on the west side of the campus of the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554. Due to national delays in shipping, bricks purchased since Veterans Day 2020 have not arrived at this date. If the bricks arrive before November 10, they will be installed and ready for viewing at the ceremony.
RSVP at our Facebook event and watch the event live if you cannot attend at www.facebook.com/StaffordCountyGovernment.