Winchester’s Salute to Our Troops

Salute_Logo_Curves_FairwayThe City of Winchester will be honoring our veterans, current military personnel, and our nation’s history with a new community event and parade called “Salute to Our Troops” on July 20, 2013. Set in Old Town Winchester, the inaugural celebration will also celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the armistice signing that brought an end to the Korean War and a dedication of the Korean War Memorial in Jim Barnett Park as well as the 100th Anniversary of the Buffalo Soldiers’ march into Winchester on July 19, 1913.

The “Salute to Our Troops” parade will follow the same route as Old Town Winchester’s annual Christmas parade. From the Corner of Cameron and Piccadilly Streets turning left on Braddock Street and left onto Cork Street. The parade includes military vehicles, Buffalo Soldiers on horseback, the Warpipe Band, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. leading the parade, “George Washington”, French and Indian War re-enactors and much more. We are honored to have Command Sergeant Major Edmund Reel and Private First Class James Berry who were Korean War Prisoners of War serve as the parade Grand Marshalls.

Following the parade military vehicles will be staged around the downtown for viewing as well as numerous historical exhibits, displays by military organizations and there will be a beer garden with live music. Some of the numerous exhibitors include: The Buffalo Soldiers, VA National Guard, Blue Star Mothers of Northern VA, Operation First Response and many others. At 2:30 p.m. in the Godfrey Miller Meeting Hall there will be a talk given by participating POWs on their wartime experiences. Presenters include Command Sergeant Major Edmund Reel and Private First Class James Berry (Korean War), Corporal Carmel Whetzel and T/SGT Henry Flowers (WWII) and Sgt MICHAEL (MIKE) D. BENGE (Vietnam). Following this talk around 3:30 p.m. the Buffalo Soldiers will make a presentation at the Godfrey Miller Meeting Hall.

Later in the evening starting at 6 p.m. the annual Moonlight Ball will be held in the First Presbyterian Church. Civil War era dances will be taught by a Victorian dance ensemble and music is by the Susquehanna Travellers. Dress in period dress or come as you are. Admission is $5 per person.

There will be road closures for this event. Cameron Street will be blocked starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 20. Other parade route streets and the Braddock Parking Garage will also be closed starting at 11:30 until the conclusion of the parade around 2:30 p.m. This event is put on by the City of Winchester with the support of Full Circle Marketing.

 

The Schedule of the event includes:

July 19, 2013

  • 7:00-9:00 pm – Candlelight Vigil – POW/MIA Memorial in Jim Barnett Park

July 20, 2013 Activities:

  • 8:00 am – Marine Flag Raising in Mt. Hebron Cemetery (come see this formal flag raising ceremony with the enormous 15’ x 25’ flag)
  • 10:00 am – Korean War Memorial Dedication – Jim Barnett Park (adjacent to the POW/MIA Memorial)
  • 1:00 pm – Salute to Our Troops Parade – Old Town Winchester – Route: Piccadilly at Cameron to Braddock to Cork at Cameron
  • 2:30 – 6:00 pm – Celebration Event – Loudoun Street Mall – Live music, exhibitors, great food and more
  • 2:30 – POW talk free to the public at the Godfrey Miller House, 28 S. Loudoun St.
  • 3:30 – Buffalo Soldiers Presentation at the Godfrey Miller House, 28 S. Loudoun St.
  • 6:00-10:00 pm – Shenandoah Moonlight Ball – First Presbyterian Church, Old Town Winchester
  • Learn Civil War-period dances taught by the Victorian Dance Ensemble while enjoying the unique sounds of the Susquehanna Travellers. Wear period, formal or casual attire. $5 per person

For questions or more information contact Jennifer Bell at jennifer.bell@winchesterva.gov.

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