Monday, June 17, 2024

Williamsburg plans to honor fallen heroes with a ‘Memorial Mile’

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In honor of fallen military, fire, law enforcement and EMS members, Williamsburg and the city’s Parks and Recreation department are collecting and sharing fallen hero stories at Waller Mill Park during Memorial Day weekend this year.

The public is invited to participate in the “Memorial Mile” event by sharing their stories about fallen heroes.

Submissions must include the fallen hero’s name, hometown, branch of service and which conflict they served in, along with a 100-word bio that describes who they were.

The deadline for submission is May 17.

More information on the event and submissions can be found at the Williamsburg Parks & Recreation’s website and on the event’s Facebook page.

“All too often people forget the true meaning of Memorial Day, so we wanted to create a static display honoring our fallen to serve as a reminder of their sacrifice and the importance of the holiday,” Colleen Wilson, program specialist for Williamsburg Parks and Recreation, said in the city’s news release. “Because of these brave men and women who we honor, we are able to enjoy our freedom.”

“We hope everyone will come out to show their support for the fallen military and first responders who gave their lives for us,” Wilson added.

Remembrance signs will be on display from Saturday, May 29 through Monday, May 31 at Waller Mill Park, 901 Airport Road.

All are welcome to visit the park and read the stories of those who gave all. The park has a $2 vehicle entrance fee.

Those with questions are encouraged to contact Colleen Wilson at or call 757-259- 3760.


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