American Legion, Va. War Memorial collecting worn American flags


The Virginia War Memorial is again partnering with the American Legion to collect and properly dispose of old, worn and soiled American flags. This is the fourth year that the Memorial and Legion have offered this program to the public.

Now through Saturday, Dec. 3, any individual, organization, group or business with an American flag or flags in poor condition can bring them to the Virginia War Memorial at 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond. The flags will be collected and properly retired as part of a formal ceremony conducted by members of American Legion Post 84 in Henrico County.

“We began offering this public service program in November 2013 and have been extremely pleased with the public response,” said Jim Triesler, Virginia War Memorial education director. “In the past three years, over 2,500 old and worn American flags have been collected. Many of those who brought flags told us they were grateful to have the opportunity to have their old flags disposed of in a proper and dignified manner.”

Collection bins will be located in the Edward A. McMurtrie Grand Lobby of the Memorial’s Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center, including Friday, Nov. 11 when the Memorial and American Legion will co-host the 60th Annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony. The Galanti Center is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For details about the collection program or the 60th Annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony, call (804) 786-2060 or visit http://www.vawarmemorial.org or http://facebook.com/virginiawarmemorial.
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St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.

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RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.

Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
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Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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