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Hero Highlight: Alan Brent Boffman

They Gave All TGA 5K presented by Loyalty Automotive Countdown to Veterans Day is sponsored by Woody Funeral Home & Nelsen Funeral Home As we “run apart to honor together,” we are highlighting heroes from across the Commonwealth who have bravely served.  At the Memorial, we always try to relay …

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Hero Highlight: Andy Dee Anderson

They Gave All TGA 5K presented by Loyalty Automotive Countdown to Veterans Day is sponsored by Woody Funeral Home & Nelsen Funeral Home As we “run apart to honor together,” we are highlighting heroes from across the Commonwealth who have bravely served.  Andy Dee Anderson always knew he wanted to …

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Hero Highlight: James “Jimmy” Guthrie

They Gave All TGA 5K presented by Loyalty Automotive Countdown to Veterans Day is sponsored by Woody Funeral Home & Nelsen Funeral Home As we “run apart to honor together,” we are highlighting heroes from across the Commonwealth who have bravely served.  Virginians have always been proud of their heritage. …

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Pure Guts: Remembering Rocky Versace

Courage. Bravery. Selflessness. We use those words often here at the Virginia War Memorial. Patriotism and sacrifice are commonly mentioned as well. All of these words, and several more, are needed to effectively describe the nearly twelve thousand stories represented by names etched into the walls of the Shrine of …

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Growing Up in a Moment

  1990-1991. My freshman year (or Rat Year) at the Virginia Military Institute coincided with Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, commonly known as The Persian Gulf War. While my Brother Rats and I endured push-ups, buzz cuts, poor grades, and the never-ending need to shine shoes or clean our …

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