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The Joseph A. Weinberg Memorial Store

The Memorial Store at the Virginia War Memorial is named in memory of Joseph A. Weinberg of Farmville and Richmond, Virginia with a gift from his wife, Charlotte A. Weinberg and their children.

During World War II, Major Weinberg served in the United States Army Air Corps with the 2nd Bombardment Group, 96th Squadron of the 15th Air Force and was stationed at Amendola Airbase in Foggia, Italy. From there, he piloted a B-17 “Flying Fortress” on bombing missions throughout Europe.

Major Weinberg was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve for many years after leaving active duty and served as one of the first recruiters of high school students throughout Central Virginia for the newly established U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.  The motto of the 2nd Bombardment Group was “Second to None” which aptly describes the Major Weinberg’s lifetime of achievements.

A business administration graduate of the University of Virginia, Mr. Weinberg later owned and operated a number of retail businesses in his native Farmville, including The Hub, Esther May Shoppe, and The Squire Shop. He passed away on September 20, 2009 at the age of 86.

The Memorial Store is located in the Edward A. McMurtrie Grand Lobby in the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center.