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Memorial Day 2018 Ceremony -D10 in Lead Role


May 28, 2018, Quantico National Cemetery (QNC), Virginia. Braving the cool, rainy morning, an estimated 1,200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, and Marines, along with many families and distinguished guests who came to remember those who have fallen, fighting for our nation,… the ones who gave all, and those who are still unaccounted for.

 Major General Niel Nelson, the Deputy Commanding General Quantico, was the keynote speaker. “We must remember our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman, and Marines, who sacrificed and gave their lives for us to be free,” said Maj Gen Nelson.  In his remarks, MajGen Nelson described the history of this special day going back to General Logan’s General Order #11 of May 5, 1868.

In this Order , “The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land… It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.”  This day was then named “Decoration Day,” and, in later times, it became known as “Memorial Day” and celebrated the last Monday in May. 


The Chairman of Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC), CHUCK WILSON was the Master of Ceremonies whose opening remarks set the stage for this solemn ceremony. Wilson is a retired Air Force Colonel who is the Commander Virginia VFW District 10 that includes five counties in Northern Virginia. He was also the past Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7916 in Occoquan.  



Colonel Joseph Murray, Commander, Marine Corps Base Quantico, gave welcoming remarks. 



PRVC Vice Chairman Randal Coker announced The Avenue of Honors,” that honors veterans who have been called from our midst and donated by family members of those fallen.”  VC Coker is also the Senior Vice CDR of District 10 and former Commander of Post 1503 Dale City. 



Colonel Frank Harris, USMC (Ret) provided “A Toast to the Flag.”  The “21-Gun Salute” was provided by the Marine Corps Rifle Team.




US Marine Corps Band played The National Anthem, the Medley of Service Hymns, and patriotic music throughout the ceremony.



The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, organizations chartered by VFW Post 7916, assisted in setting up over 1,200 chairs for this Memorial Day ceremony.


 The National Sojourners carry the Colors.

Quantico National Cemetery has hosted this event since 1983. The US Marine Corps Base at Quantico has supported this event since its beginning at Quantico National Cemetery in 1983. 

PRVC Chairman Chuck Wilson shakes hands of the disable veterans who came in from the VA Hospitals.  

Both Memorial Day and Veterans Day Ceremonies are is sponsored by the Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC) that represents 26 Veteran Service Organizations and an estimated 15,000 veterans in Northern Virginia.  Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1503 and Post 7916 are charter members.

Pictures taken by VFW Post 1503, VFW Post 7916, Nelson Betancourt, and QNC


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