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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit the Williamsburg Parks and Recreation department’s website, contact Wilson at email@example.com or call 757-259-3760.