Stafford County will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday, November 9, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at the Armed Services Memorial on the Stafford County Government campus. All veterans and the public are invited to join Stafford in recognizing all who have served our country. As well the ceremony will be streamed on Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/staffordcountygovernment.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony is Steve Cox, President and Chief Executive Officer at Rappahannock Goodwill Industries. Cox served for 23 years and one month in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as Public Affairs Officer and Commander/Executive/Operations Officer. Cox received the Bronze Star Medal for valor in combat. Cox also has a long career in public affairs, serving as the Vice President of Corporate Communications and the President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau, Vice President of Public Relations for Sodexo, Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital and Operations Director of Student Activities for the William Randolph Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth Program.
U.S. Marine Corps Major David Moberg will play the National Anthem.
Out of deference to other local observations, Stafford annually holds its Veterans Day ceremony on a day other than Veterans Day. This year, the ceremony is being held on November 9, the day before the Marine Corps turns 248 years old. This birthday will be recognized with special cupcakes. Also, carnations will be given to attendees to lay at 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.