Category: In Our Community

LynchburgCAP Welcomes Home our Vietnam Veterans

 

 

In what many would consider a gesture long overdue, the City of Lynchburg recently held a Welcome Home event for its Vietnam Era Veterans. The event was held at the newly built Heritage High School, and it was supported by HHS JROTC, LU AFROTC, and Lynchburg Composite Squadron.  Lynchburg CAP Honor Guard was called upon to present and retrieve the Colors, perform the Table of Remembrance as well as a separate POW/MIA display,and perform the Flag Fold Ceremony where the flag was presented to a chosen Vietnam Veteran. Members of LynchburgCAP then lined the walls as veterans walked down the auditorium ramp, and cadets from LUROTC and LynchburgCAP greeted each vet with a welcome.The event was deeply moving, and Lynchburg squadron was honored to be a part of such an incredible opportunity.

Our squadron’s Guard instructors have worked tirelessly to prepare capable guard members to serve in the community, and this event gave the squadron the option to deploy those skills when needed. If you are interested in serving in the Lynchburg Honor or Color Guard, please see your guard staff as soon as possible. All cadets are welcome, and there will be many more opportunities to serve in the coming months.

Memorial Day Flag Event

 

Each year, LynchburgCAP is honored to help serve alongside Delegate Scott Garrett as we place small flags in the neighborhoods in our community. This is done ahead of the Memorial Day weekend to remind folks why we honor this holiday, and to hold dear the sacrifice our countrymen and women have made so that we enjoy the freedoms that we have.

This year LynchburgCAP placed flags in the Forest area in a newer subdivision of homes and condos. This group of folks in our community had not seen flags placed out before, and some were deeply touched by the gesture. One couple stopped to thank us profusely, and the occupant of the vehicle was a recipient of the Purple Heart medal himself!

While the day itself was hot, and the uniform was as well, our cadets rose to the challenge and completed this act of service with excellence. A small act of service can mean a great deal to those around us, so let us never pass up an opportunity to make our community and our nation a better place!