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US Air Force Chief of Staff  Speaks at Veterans Day Ceremony

US Air Force Chief of Staff  Speaks at Veterans Day Ceremony

….Virginia District 10 in Lead Role



US Air Force Photo

Nov. 11, 2017, Quantico National Cemetery, VA.  General David Goldfein, US Air Force Chief of Staff, honored our veterans with his keynote speech at the National Veterans Day Ceremony held here each year since 1983.  An estimated 1,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, along with many families and distinguished guests came to commemorate National Veterans Day, at the Ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery this year.  The Parade of Colors featured the US Marine Corps Color Guard, and Color Guards from 20 Veterans Service Organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.


The U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard from Quantico Marine Base led the “Parade of Colors”

With the venerable Sojourners in front, Color Guards from as many as 20 Veteran Service Organizations such as the American Legion and The Veterans of Foreign Wars, including Dale City Post 1503 and Woodbridge Post 7916, marched in the Parade of Colors.



The reviewing party, led by General David Goldfein, salute the Colors as they parade by the reviewing stand. 

Colonel Frank Harris, USMC Ret., provides the memorable “Toast to the Flag.”


General David Goldfein, USAF Chief of Staff, was a riveting keynote speaker.  Veterans Day first began as Armistice Day with the commemoration of the armistice which ended World War I, on “the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, 1918. From AFNS Report:

“Our nation is rich with heritage and tradition, and few surpass that of honoring our veterans, both alive and passed,” said Goldfein. “This is one of our greatest traditions; and, as one of many veterans in my family, I am honored to be here.” 

“We are woven by the good, the bad and the ugly times experienced together. For some it is the uncommon valor, for others it is the quiet peace,” said Goldfein. “Our Veterans have a love for this great nation and the sacred duty of protecting it. These are the most humble men and women who are just doing their job.”

“Today, we celebrate a single mark on the calendar—one of many—but this mark celebrates the noble acts of a noble group,” said Goldfein. “I’m reminded each day that it’s a privilege and honor to serve our country, and I am inspired by a distinguished population who so proudly came before…and those who so selflessly followed.”  

This ceremony is held to honor all of America’s veterans past and present.

The Chairman, Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC), and Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars District 10, Chuck Wilson, Colonel, USAF (Ret), was the Master of Ceremonies. Wilson said, “for generations, the men and women of America’s Armed Forces have demonstrated their willingness to put country before self … patriots who serve for the greater good … who don’t seek glory or recognition or personal gain.  And today, we honor them.  Today is Veterans’ Day.” 


PRVC Vice Chairman Randy Coker, led the “Avenue of Honor Recognition” which displays over 500 US Flags that have been donated to honor our veterans who have passed from our midst.  Coker is the past Commander of VFW Post 1503 and currently Senior Vice Commander of VFW District 10, Virginia’s largest District covering much of Northern Virginia. 


The Veterans Day Ceremonial Wreath Laying was carried out by General Goldfein, Colonel Boucher, USMC Quantico Chief of Staff, and Sergeant at Arms Hess near the reviewing stand.   

US Air Force Photo 

As the Wreath is put in place, General Goldfein, along with Asst Cemetery Director Morris, Colonel Boucher USMC, and Sergeant-At-Arms Hess salute during the US Marine Rifle Team “21 Gun Salute,” followed by “Taps” played by a duo of buglers. 


The Quantico Marine Corps Band played rounds of Service Melodies and music resounding with Americanism all through the ceremony. 

US Air Force Photo

Ninety-three year old Colonel Eugene Deatrick, USAF Ret., meets with the Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein.  General Goldfein has Tweeted, “Honored to have spoken with war hero, legendary aviator & #AirForce #veteran Col. Eugene Deatrick today at a #VeteransDay ceremony in Virginia. I’m proud to be part of the long blue line that this hero helped shape. Honored to have spoken with war hero, legendary aviator & #AirForce #veteran Col. Eugene Deatrick today at a #VeteransDay ceremony in Virginia. I’m proud to be part of the long blue line that this hero helped shape. Honored to have spoken to legendary aviator and Air Force Veteran Colonel Eugene Deatrick today at a Veterans Day Ceremony.  I am proud to be a part of a long blue line that this hero helped shape.”  Twitter: https://twitter.com/GenDaveGoldfein/status/929400369800732672

Colonel Deatrick , West Point Class of 1946, was responsible for the rescue of American POW Navy Lieutenant Dieter Dangler during the Vietnam War.  Colonel Deatrick is a Life member of VFW Post 7916.  

Gen David Goldfein, himself an Eagle Scout, is seen here with Boy Scout Troop 1369, chartered through VFW Post 7916.  Troop 1369 was responsible for the setting up of almost 1,000 chairs for the ceremony.  


US Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein and PRVC Chairman, and VFW District 10 Commander, Chuck Wilson.


Sponsored by the Potomac Region Veterans Council (PRVC) partnering with Marine Base Quantico and Quantico National Cemetery, A Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th.  This ceremony has been held at Quantico National Cemetery since 1983. The Potomac Region Veterans Council represents 26 Veterans Service Organizations, and an estimated 15,000 veterans across Northern Virginia.



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