As the nation celebrates this Veterans Day and those who served, hundreds of people throughout central Virginia spent Monday honoring local veterans.
There were tributes and ceremonies across the region for locals to honor those veterans. 8News made stops in Chesterfield, Amelia, Colonial Heights and Hanover to see how the community celebrated Veterans Day.
The Chesterfield County Annual Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony honored local veterans at the Chesterfield County Historic 1917 Courthouse Green for Veterans Day.
Monday’s ceremony, hosted by the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia, had music from the Thomas Dale High School band and the Southside Composite Squadron- VA060 United States Air Force Auxiliary as Color Bearers.
Colonel Hollie J. Martin, Commander, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Lee was a guest speaker at the event.
A plaque dedicated to Gold Star Mothers was unveiled and awards were passed out to middle school students who won the Gold Mother essay and art contests.
In Amelia County, American Legion Post 87 rededicated the Armed Forces Monument in the courthouse square.
The monument was removed several weeks ago to engrave the names of all 46 service members from Amelia County who have died since World War I. There was also a brand new flagpole at the memorial on Veterans Day.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.) spoke at the ceremony in Amelia and even helped unveil the monument.
Members of Atlee High School’s Junior ROTC helped with the wreath-laying ceremony at the Hanover County Veterans Memorial. Guest speaker, retired Marine Corps Sergeant Taniki Richard, spoke Monday about the battles veterans face at home after returning from the front lines.
“Combat and PTSD, which is post traumatic stress, is not easy. It’s something that we as a small community of veterans we experience every day,” Richard said. “But to have other people from the public come out to want to know more about it, to know more about what we’re doing here, to support and uplift our veterans is a marvelous thing.”
Hanover’s memorial honors veterans who were killed in action from World War I to present day.
The Virginia War Memorial honored veterans during their annual Commonwealth’s Veterans Day ceremony on Monday.
Vets of all ages and backgrounds remembered their days of service at the ceremony. Those who never returned home from active duty were also honored.
8News spoke with veterans Monday, and whether they were on the front lines during World War II or manning security measures during the Korean War, the word used by all of them was thankful.