Remembering and honoring our veterans—that’s the theme of the 2023 Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin, VA on 29 May, 11:00 am. The Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery currently provides the final resting place for over 2,300 veterans and eligible dependents.
In remembering and honoring our veterans, the ceremony will include music by Virginia’s 29th Division Army Band, an opening and closing bagpipe musical tribute, wreath presentations by State Senators and Delegates, the Department of Veterans Services, local Mayors, the Executive Director of Regional Veterans Affairs, and representatives from the six military service components. The guest speaker for this year’s ceremony is retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) Rodney McKinley. CMSAF McKinley served 31 years in the United States Air Force, culminating with his selection and assignment as the highest-ranking enlisted member in our Air Force. The ceremony will also include a keynote address by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. The ceremony will close with a 21-gun salute by the American Legion, Post 58 and taps by the 29th Division Army Band. Handheld U.S. flags, provided by the Woodmen Life Chapter 14, will be provided to those attending the event.
Handicap parking and buses will be readily available before and after the ceremony. The ceremony is open to the entire public and is a children friendly event. The cemetery is located at 5550 Bagging Plant Road in Dublin.
Public parking available in the community lot, shuttle bus service provided to the cemetery starts at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:45 a.m.