August 13, 2012. Daleville, VA. – On August 11, many in the Botetourt community gathered at The Glebe to honor the courage, self-sacrifice, service and national unity of a generation of Americans by commemorating the end of World War II: V-J Day. Through a grassroots, nonprofit initiative and by a 2010 Congressional resolution, the nation sets aside August 14 as the day marking the culminating moment of the greatest national effort in our history.
In partnership with the D-Day Memorial in Bedford, the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, and the Virginia Military Institute Museum, The Glebe at Daleville joined the celebration by hosting an Open House on Saturday, August 11, 2012 on their campus in Daleville, Virginia.
The day’s program of events included Colonel Keith Gibson, Executive Director of VMI’s Museums reading Governor Bob McDonnell’s Proclamation in support of celebrating Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive! in our community, and a re-enactment of the famous Times Square kiss.
In addition to live performances by the Andrews’ Sisters and a USO Troupe, there were exhibits from the George C. Marshall Museum, Botetourt County Historical Society depicting life in Botetourt in the 1940’s, a medic’s station featuring WWII medics’ equipment.
Submitted by The Glebe