World War I And World War II Profiles Of Honor Mobile To Visit Lynchburg
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Written by Lynchburg Regional CVB   
Friday, May 12, 2017 02:32 PM

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of WWI and the 75th Anniversary of WWII
May 26-27, 2017


To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II, the Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour will visit Lynchburg on Friday, May 26 and Saturday May 27, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. The Profiles of Honor Mobile will welcome visitors at the foot of Monument Terrace at Church and Ninth Streets with an interactive exhibit and opportunities to digitize and archive family heirlooms and memorabilia in the Library of Virginia that relate to the wars.

The location at Monument Terrace for the Profiles of Honor Mobile is apropos as the site was created as a monument to Lynchburg’s World War I dead. On Friday, the Mobile’s presence will coincide with the weekly gathering of Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace Troop Rally, a group of Lynchburg area veterans who gather to demonstrate their support for the men and women who have served and currently serve in the United States military.

Bringing this event to Lynchburg is a collaboration of the City of Lynchburg’s Tourism Department and Museum System, the Downtown Lynchburg Association and Amazement Square Children’s Museum.  The Downtown Lynchburg Association is soliciting volunteers to assist Mobile visitors on both days of the event.  Anyone is interested in helping can contact Blake Gederberg at www.DowntownLynchburg.com.  

“We are excited to host the Profiles of Honor Mobile here in Lynchburg as a compliment to the Lynchburg Museum’s year-long exhibit, It Was My Privilege & My Duty: Lynchburg in WWI,” said Doug Harvey, Lynchburg Museum System Director.  “The exhibit explores what Lynchburg was like 100 years ago when America entered WWI and the military roles of the 2,800 Lynchburg men and women who served.”

The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour is modeled on the highly successful Civil War 150 History Mobile tour and brings to life the state's integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts. As part of the tour, visitors are invited to bring their own WWI and WWII-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project. This partnership with the Library of Virginia will help preserve the documents and stories of our veterans for generations.

‚ÄčThe Virginia World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, that oversees the Profiles of Honor Mobile, was created by the General Assembly to plan, develop, and carry out programs and activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II. These observances are being conducted over the next four years to:

  • Honor our veterans: Honor the service of veterans, whose sacrifices can never be forgotten. When we remember yesterday's veterans, we are also communicating to today's service members that they won't be forgotten either.
  • Inspire a desire to learn more: Provide opportunities for people to explore personal connections and highlight multiple perspectives of Virginia's role in World War I and World War II.
  • Connect through travel and tourism: Make it easy for visitors to connect to museums, memorials, and sites in Virginia related to World War I and World War II.

‚ÄčIn a message from the Chairman of the WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission, Del. M. Kirkland Cox said, “It is important that we honor our heroes and their service to our nation, and that we preserve and remember their stories. Nations across the world are marking the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.

America's entry into World War II in 1941 was a turning point in a conflict that had been raging since September 1939. More than 16 million men and women joined the fight, with over 400,000 Americans paying the ultimate price of freedom, more than 11,400 of whom were Virginians.
Please join us throughout this statewide commemoration as we come together to honor, to remember, and to thank our heroes.”

  • What: Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile
  • When: Friday, May 26 and Saturday May 27, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
  • Where: Church Street, at the foot of Monument Terrace

NOTE: Part of the 800 block of Church Street will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday and Saturday.

  • The Monument Terrace Building, 901 Church Street, will be open to the public for restrooms and for image scanning.

For more information about the Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour, visit www.virginiawwiandwwii.org.