WWII Veteran & Home Front Recognition

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2020

Media Contacts: Evan L. Vass, County Administrator

540-459-6165

EVass@shenandoahcountyva.us

Austin Gisriel, Event Organizer Representative

301-988-4000

Servicesacrifice75@gmail.com

WWII Veteran and Home Front Recognition

 

Woodstock, VA – May 8th of this year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, and a group of local citizens are planning an event called Service and Sacrifice 75 to recognize those who served in the military, as well as those who served on the home front.

The Shenandoah County Board of Supervisors is happy to contribute to this recognition by issuing a proclamation at its April 28th meeting saluting county residents who contributed to the Allied victory.

This event provides Shenandoah County the opportunity to recognize our veterans who served our country fighting overseas, as well as those Americans who sacrificed on the home front by planting Victory Gardens, organizing scrap drives, making do with rationed goods, and purchasing war bonds.

WWII was a time of great distress and uncertainty; nevertheless, communities across the nation felt inspired to do their part for the war effort. These communities pulled together and did what they could to support their nation, their communities, and their neighbors and family.

Although 75 years have passed, we can still see that spirit of support and community today during this current pandemic which has landed on our soil. Although we may not be forming scrap drives or buying war bonds, citizens have stepped up to help with crucial shortages by making face masks and hand sanitizer, assisting the elderly with shopping or chores, and most significantly, adhering to the social distancing and hygiene recommendations in order to combat this invader.

Service & Sacrifice 75 will take place Friday, September 4th through Sunday, September 6th. A USO dance, a parade, displays, and lectures will be part of the event. Military reenactors will be demonstrating equipment and showcasing vehicles as well. A ceremony recognizing our county veterans of WWII, be they military or home front personnel, will take place on Thursday, September 3rd at 10:00 am as part of the Shenandoah County Fair’s annual veteran’s recognition ceremony.

For more information on the Board of Supervisors’ proclamation e-mail Evan Vass at evass@shenandoahcountyva.us

For more information including photos and information concerning the Service and Sacrifice 75 Committee, e-mail servicesacrifice75@gmail.com

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WWII Proclomation