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Published on Dec 14, 2016
The Virginia WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission presents a tribute to World War II veterans- "Dawn of Infamy: America Goes to War". This event marked the 75th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War II on December 8, 1941, following the previous day's attack on Pearl Harbor—an event that launched the nation into a worldwide conflict that had been raging for two years. In the years that followed more than 400,000 Americans, over 11,000 of whom were Virginians, gave their lives, while millions of others put their lives at risk.
Dawn of Infamy featured an Honor Parade of World War II veterans, remarks by dignitaries, and a keynote address from Pulitzer Prize winner and military historian Rick Atkinson, author of the New York Times best-selling Liberation Trilogy, a narrative history of America's role in the liberation of Europe during World War II. A special recognition ceremony was a key part of the program, during which each World War II Veteran in attendance received a commemorative medallion designed for the occasion.
More than 80 WWII veterans, 100 active-duty military escorts, and hundreds of family and friends gathered to honor the men and women of the greatest generation for their service, while hundreds more participated at livestream viewing sites across the state.
0:00 - Musical Introduction: VMI Regimental Band contingent, directed by COL John A. Brodie
6:38 - Call to Order: Greg McQuade, News Anchor, CBS 6 TV
7:50 - Color Guard: University of Richmond Army ROTC Spider Battalion
9:00 - Honor Parade of World War II veterans, and presentation of commemorative coins: Led by University of Richmond Chancellor E. Bruce Heilman
43:30 - Posting of the Colors & Pledge of Allegiance: University of Richmond Army ROTC Spider Battalion Color Guard 44:50 - National Anthem: University of Richmond Schola Cantorum, directed by Jeffrey Riehl