John Robert Teal began his journey in uniform at a young age. Dressing up in fatigues at his Mechanicsville, Virginia home he would ‘patrol’ the ditches around his home, making sure it was secure in case of a possible invasion.
There are a dozen different reasons as to why men and women decide to serve in the United States Armed Forces. For Levi Nuncio from Harrisonburg, Virginia, the answer was simple – to better himself and serve his country.
The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, shocked the nation and the world. Americans rallied together for support and strength. Many felt the urge to defend their country – Ryan McGlothlin was one of those people.
“Country roads, take me home…” That would have been the theme song of PFC Thomas Wilson’s life. Growing up in Maurertown, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley, life was simple and carefree. It was the kind of town where kids played outside and parents seldom locked their doors.
I believe that people hear the call of service at an early age. Their interests become centralized in that specific area and as they grow, they realize that service is not always fun and filled with laughter.
The Virginia War Memorial
621 S. Belvidere St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Monday - Saturday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Noon - 4:00 p.m. Shrine is open 5:00 a.m.-Midnight Daily
Christmas Day, New Years Day,
Easter & Thanksgiving Day
The Virginia War Memorial Foundation (VWMF) is the 501 (c) (3) corporation that finances all of the educational and patriotic programs, historic exhibits,
student-teacher outreach of the Memorial.