Veterans honored with several events around the area

Posted: November 8, 2013

The Winchester Star

Winchester — Local men and women who served in the armed forces will be honored with several Veterans Day events in the coming weeks.

Two concerts, ceremonies and a breakfast will be held to honor past and current troops. Veterans Day — Nov. 11 — marks the anniversary of the 1918 armistice of World War I.

Millbrook High School

Millbrook High School, 251 First Woods Drive, will host a Veterans Day Breakfast and Celebration Ceremony at 8:30 a.m. today in the school auditorium, said Steve Edwards, coordinator of policy, records management and communications for Frederick County Public Schools.

Breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. and the program will start at 9:45 a.m., he said.

The theme of this year’s program is “Because of You . . .” and it was planned by the students, he said.

Veterans have been asked to provide a photo of themselves from their time of service. The photos can be sent to Lauren Elliott at

Veterans interested in attending the breakfast should reserve a spot by calling the school at 540-545-2800.

Godfrey Miller  Fellowship Center

The Godfrey Miller Fellowship Center at 28 S. Loudoun St. will hold a program honoring female veterans from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

It is free and open to the public, said Sandy Jones, a volunteer and docent for the center.

“The men are more than welcome, and we do thank them for their service, but we think it is time to put a little more emphasis on the women who served,” she said.

The center invited several local female veterans whose service ranges from World War II to the present day, and they have been asked to talk about their experiences, she said.

Jones will also discuss other local female veterans who have died.

Veterans are asked to bring a photo of themselves from their time of service. A local Girl Scout troop will present the flag.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Jones at 540-667-5869.

Keystone Baptist

Keystone Baptist Church, 15 Keystone Lane, Berryville, will have a Veteran’s Day Service at 10 a.m. Sunday. A time of fellowship and lunch will follow the service.

For more information, contact 540-955-0205.

‘A Musical Tribute’

Chuck Seipp, adjunct professor of trumpet at Shenandoah Conservatory, will offer “A Musical Tribute” at 4 p.m. Sunday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 26 W. Boscawen St.

The event free and open to the public.

Seipp, a retired sergeant major who played with the U.S. Army Band for 32 years, organized the concert and will perform with Randall Sheets, Arlington National Cemetery ceremonial organist. A surprise guest soloist is also scheduled.

“I could not only perform as a faculty member at Shenandoah Conservatory, but also it was a way to engage the whole community and particularly the military and veteran community,” Seipp said. “It is the time of year to honor veterans and it is very important to me.”

The concert will feature trumpet and organ classics, and the last portion will be a tribute to veterans, he said.

“There are going to be a couple of video presentations I will play the music behind,” Seipp said. “One is about five minutes about what actually happens with a funeral service at Arlington Cemetery. It is very moving. It is really quite something.”

For more information about the concert, contact Seipp at 703-517-0670 or

Handley High School

A Veterans Day program will be held to honor all veterans who attended Handley High School at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the Patsy Cline Theatre at the school. The board of directors of the John Handley High School Museum and Archive is sponsoring the event. The speaker will be Col. Daniel B. Robinson, a Handley grad.

Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University has joined the Remembrance Day National Roll Call project, which honors American service men and women through name-reading events on hundreds of college and university campuses across the nation, said Emily Burner, director of media relations.

Campus and community volunteers will read the names of fallen military service members who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Brandt Student Center’s Ferrari Room. All participating campuses will observe a 2 p.m. nationwide minute of silence.

Shenandoah’s opening ceremony will take place from 9 to 9:30 a.m., and the closing ceremony begins at 4 p.m., she said. The event is free and open to the public.

Volunteers must be available for at least one half-hour; the name-reading will take five minutes per volunteer.

For more information, visit

The university’s First-Year Seminar and Women’s Studies programs will also honor Veterans Day by sponsoring a screening of the documentary “The Invisible War” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Halpin-Harrison Hall’s Stimpson Auditorium. It is also free and open to the public.

Clarke County  Community Band

The Clarke County Community Band will hold its annual Veterans Day concert at 7 p.m. Monday at the Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, said Chris Shipe of the Clarke County Fire and Rescue Association and the Clarke County Community Band — both sponsor the annual event.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The band has a night of varied patriotic music, with a special emphasis on music in military films, he said. One song they will play is the theme from “Gettysburg” because this year marked the 150th anniversary of the battle, July 1-3, 1863.

“We want to have a nice evening paying tribute to our veterans,” he said. “We will be playing songs from movies and documentaries about our nation’s conflicts.”

For more information, contact 703-395-4267.

Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol cadets of the Winchester Composite Squadron will hold their annual tribute to veterans buried in Winchester National Cemetery at noon Dec. 14.

The event, which will feature speakers, guests and the laying of gravesite wreaths, is part of a tribute by the cadets nationwide.

Last year, about 600 wreaths were placed during the ceremony, but as support grows, the cadets will try to honor all of the 5,561 graves at the site. Each wreath costs $15.

The event is free and open to the public. For information about sponsoring a wreath, contact the squadron at All sponsorships must be completed by Nov. 27.

— Contact Laura McFarland at