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Browne, Ruff to lead Memorial Day services

SoVaNow.com / May 16, 2019
The towns of Halifax and Virgilina will host Memorial Day holiday observances to honor those who have died while serving in the nation’s armed forces.

Roger W. Browne will be guest speaker of the annual Memorial Day Tribute at the Halifax County War Memorial in the Town of Halifax. The event is set Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m.

On Sunday, May 26, also at 11 a.m., the annual Virgilina Memorial Day Service will be held at the Virgilina Cemetery with state Sen. Frank Ruff of Clarksville serving as guest speaker.

The Virgilina service will take place one day after the town’s Summerfest celebration, featuring the Saturday morning parade and food, craft vendors and musical entertainment throughout the day.

About the speakers:

» Browne, a retired South Boston physician, served in Vietnam from August 1968 to August 1969. He was an Infantry and Artillery Battalion Surgeon, and later Brigade Surgeon with the 23rd Infantry Division, First Corps.

He is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device with 2 Oak Clusters, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars and Combat Medical Badge.

The Halifax event is sponsored by the John M. Jordan Camp 581 SCV in conjunction with the VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans, UDC, SAR, and other service related organizations who will be presenting the Floral Tributes during the service. American Legion Post 8 Honor Guard will assist with Colors, Rifle Salutes, and Taps. Patriotic music will be delivered by Rev. Tim Owen. Cold water and restroom facilities will be available for guests.

» Ruff was first elected to the Virginia Senate in 2000 after winning election to the House of Delegates in 1993. He is a member of the Senate Finance and Rules committees and has focused on economic development, education, and workforce training in the General Assembly and as vice chair of the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

The Virgilina Memorial Day service at the town cemetery will feature a patriotic theme with some seating available, or you can bring your lawn chairs. In event of inclement weather, the service will be held at Florence Avenue Baptist Church.

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