Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Williamsburg wants you to share a story of a fallen hero for Memorial Day

The Williamsburg Parks and Recreation department is having a virtual Memorial Mile tribute for Memorial Day. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Williamsburg Parks and Recreation department)
The Williamsburg Parks and Recreation department is having a virtual Memorial Mile tribute for Memorial Day. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Williamsburg Parks and Recreation department)

The Williamsburg Parks and Recreation department is celebrating Memorial Mile a little differently this year.

The Memorial Mile event typically displays stories of fallen heroes on Memorial Day weekend at Waller Mill Park but due to the coronavirus, the department will instead honor those who died in the line of duty with a virtual tribute.

The department will display the stories on its Facebook page and the deadline to submit a story is May 18.

While the federal holiday honors military service members who died in the line of duty, this virtual tribute will also honor those in the fire department, emergency medical services and law enforcement, according to a news release from the city.

“All too often people forget the true meaning of Memorial Day so we wanted to share the fallen heroes stories to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice of our fallen military and first responders,” Colleen Wilson, program specialist for Williamsburg Parks and Recreation, said in a prepared statement. “It is so important for us to continue to honor those that made the ultimate sacrifice.”

The department is asking submissions to include the following information:

  • Fallen hero’s full name, hometown, state.
  • Age, birth date to death date.
  • Their affiliation or department they served. If military, include the conflict they served.
  • 100-word biography.
  • If the person died in the line of duty or from injury while on duty.
  • A photo.
  • Your name, contact number, email address and relationship to the fallen hero.

You can send your Fallen Hero story to parksandrecreation@williamsburgva.gov.

For more information, visit the Williamsburg Parks and Recreation department’s website, contact Wilson at cwilson@williamsburgva.gov or call 757-259-3760.

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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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