photo courtesy of the American Legion Post 2001 – Ashburn, VA
Ashburn, VA (September 3, 2015) – The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has unanimously proclaimed Sunday, September 20, 2015, as Military Appreciation Day in Loudoun County. In presenting the resolution to a group of local veterans Wednesday, the Board also called attention to the upcoming “Loudoun Salute to Military, Veterans & Families” set for 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., September 20, 2015, at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road in Ashburn. The community is invited to attend the free event with members of the Board of Supervisors and others.
The recognition—organized by American Legion Post 2001 and co-sponsored by the Loudoun County Government—will feature representatives of veteran service organizations, including the Veterans Administration, which will have a computer onsite to perform immediate checks on the status of existing claims. In addition, volunteers from several patriotic organizations will be on hand to help veterans initiate new claims. For information about the event, visit www.ashburnlegion.org or contact Event Director Robert O’Such by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all Loudoun citizens, wants to convey our deep gratitude to all men and women of our armed forces who have risked their lives to protect our freedom,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott K. York. “We are looking forward to honoring their service on September 20.”
Board Vice Chairman Ralph Buona, who is among the scheduled speakers at the event, said; “As a former Air Force officer, I have seen first-hand the sacrifices our veterans make on a daily basis. Military Appreciation Day in Loudoun County is an excellent opportunity to help connect the men and women who serve our great country with needed services.”
Broad Run District Supervisor Shawn Williams, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and in 2014 helped initiate the first Salute to Military, Veterans & Families, said; “Our goal with this event is to both honor the sacrifice of Loudoun veterans and make sure they are connected with all the support and services they need.”
As part of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget process, the Board approved the hiring of a part-time Veterans Coordinator to centralize information, outreach, and referral services for veterans and establish a collaborative network of partners who serve veterans in the county. The county is currently recruiting for the new position.