Tributes to Captain HR ‘Rocky’ Versace by (then) Major James N. Rowe read by Friends of Rocky Versace’s Kevin Rue at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia on Monday, May 30, 2016.

Via Bob Lennox, a large crowd showed up on Sat, May 28th at the Alexandria National Cemetery in Alexandria VA. VFW post 609 commander William Jones led the ceremony.

The Price of Freedom

(Flickr Pool photo via Geoff Livingston)

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Here are some of our favorite new photos from the Red Brick Town Flickr Pool, depicting the best of Alexandria, Virginia.

Check out these photos from the recent Memorial Day weekend (see above and below) in the Alexandria, Virginia area. What do you think about them?

You can see other Flickr pool submissions we have posted about at this link.

Do you have a picture that depicts Alexandria, Virginia area? A GREAT way to contribute to our website is to share your photos in our Flickr pool by submitting your own!

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14th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia
Families and friends honored fallen heroes from Alexandria, Virginia on Monday, May 30th at the 14th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans.

A couple of hundred folks gathered to watch a flag raising, hear about Captain Versace’s life, sing a moving rendition of ‘God Bless America’, and hear a reading of the names of the sixty-seven Alexandrians who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. 

We’ll have video from the event up on our YouTube channel later today.

The Captain Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center is dedicated to Captain Rocky Versace and the 66 other men who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. The Memorial is an ongoing tribute, not just to the 67 listed on the benches, but to all Alexandrians who served in America’s longest war. The Versace Memorial was dedicated on July 6, 2002 and the Medal of Honor was posthumously presented to the Versace family at the White House two days later.

You can see more photos from the event at this link or on our Facebook page. You can read Captain Versace’s Medal of Honor citation at this link.

14th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony in Alexandria, Virginia

The nation’s largest Memorial Day event, the 2016 National Memorial Day parade in Washington, D.C., is set for 2:00 PM TODAY (Monday, May 30). The parade is held annually along Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C., starting at the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Streets NW and ending at 17th Street.

If you can’t make it down to the National Mall, you can watch the parade LIVE above beginning at 2:00 PM ET.

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Via Facebook, here’s a terrific Memorial Day tribute from those who know what it means to sacrifice.

This weekend, we’ll see family, hit the beach, have a hot dog. We might go to a local parade or raise a flag.

But what does that flag really mean?

It honors the brave men and women who have given their lives for our country.

Cleve Francis, the local cardiologist turned country singer, sang this ‘Reflections on the Wall’ at a ceremony for the Vietnam Wall in 1987, long before he became a country star.

On this Memorial Day, we’ll see family, hit the beach, have a hot dog. We might go to a local parade or raise a flag.

But what does that flag really mean?

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

(Photo via Howard Ignatius, on Flickr)

(H/T Nancy)

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