Virginia launches WWI and WWII Commission


75 YEARS AGO TOMORROW … PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT ASKED CONGRESS TO DECLARE WAR ON JAPAN. TOMORROW … VIRGINIA WILL DECLARE THE NEXT FOUR YEARS … THE LENGTH OF THE WAR … A COMMEMORATION OF THE EVENTS THAT EVENTUALLY LED TO THE ALLIED VICTORY. THE NATIONAL D- DAY MEMORIAL IN BEDFORD WILL HAVE A DELEGATION IN RICHMOND TO HELP LAUNCH THE VIRGINIA WORLD WAR I AND WORLD WAR II COMMISSION. WSLS 10’S ANGELA HATCHER EXPLAINS THE PLANS ALREADY BEING MADE IN BEDFORD FOR 20-19. ON ANY GIVEN DAY… VISITORS ARE MOVED BY WHAT THEY SEE HERE. CINDY PERKINS- ADAMS/D-DAY MEMORIAL VISITOR – “WE CAN’T FORGET. I’LL GET ALL EMOTIONAL HERE.” CINDY PERKINS- ADAMS CAN’T FORGET… BECAUSE HER FATHER-IN-LAW SURVIVED IT. 75 YEARS AGO… HE WAS ABOARD THE U-S-S OKLAHOMA IN PEARL HARBOR. HER DAD, PAUL, WAS JUST A LITTLE BOY THAT DAY. PAUL PERKINS/D- DAY MEMORIAL VISITOR – “IT’S STILL VERY DIFFICULT WHEN YOU KNOW THAT YOU GREW UP IN THE TIME THAT THIS ALL HAPPENED.” WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW IS A COMMEMORATION TO MARK THOSE EVENTS HE RECALLS FROM CHILDHOOD. A FOUR-YEAR EFFORT TO PRESERVE THE LESSONS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. MAGGIE MITCHELL/EDUCATI ON COORDINATOR – “BEGINNING TOMORROW WITH THE PEARL HARBOR COMMEMORATION AND LASTING THROUGH UNTIL THE END OF THE WAR IN JAPAN IN SEPTEMBER OF 1945.” MAGGIE MITCHELL WILL LEAD THE EDUCATION PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THE NATIONAL D-DAY MEMORIAL. JUST ONE OF THE DOZENS OF PARTICIPATING SITES ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH. MAGGIE MITCHELL/EDUCATI ON COORDINATOR – “IT GIVES US A LOT MORE MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES.” THE COMMISSION IS HOPING TO REPLICATE THE SUCCESS OF THE 2015 CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIA L… WHERE VIRGINIA SAW MILLIONS OF VISITORS AND TOURISM DOLLARS. THE MEMORIAL’S SIGNATURE EVENT WILL BE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY IN 2019. MAGGIE MITCHELL/EDUCATI ON COORDINATOR – “IT WAS A VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD UNIT THAT WENT IN FIRST ON OMAHA BEACH ON D-DAY. SO VIRGINIANS REALLY DID PLAY SUCH A VITAL ROLE.” AFTER 75 YEARS… IT’S TIME FOR OTHERS TO HEAR OUR WAR STORIES. IN BEDFORD, ANGELA HATCHER, WSLS 10. A NEW COUNSELING CENTER OPENS ITS

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