Adjutant General of Virginia 2022 Memorial Day Message

Memorial Day offers us a purposeful opportunity express our gratitude and remember the dedication
and courage of those men and women who paid the ultimate price in service to our country defending
the ideals of freedom. As we remember those we have lost, we can honor their memory and pay
tribute to their sacrifice by reaffirming our commitment to selfless service to both commonwealth and
country.

The Commonwealth’s 66th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Virginia War Memorial
on Monday, May 30, 2022, and it will be great to gather in person once again. There we will remember
our fellow Virginians whose names are etched on the original Shrine of Memory honoring those who
died during World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Persian Gulf War as well as the
Virginia National Guard Soldiers lost to hostile enemy action while on federal active duty at the new
Shrine of Memory for the Global War on Terrorism and Beyond.

Read more about the Virginia National Guard’s fallen warriors remembered at the Virginia War
Memorial at https://ngpa.us/19912.

It is also appropriate to remember the men and women who died in the line of duty on official state or federal orders under Title 32 of the United States Code whose names are on the Commonwealth Public Safety Memorial. Thirty-two Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are remembered
among the nearly 900 Virginia public safety officers at the memorial site at Capitol Square in Richmond.

Read more about the Public Safety Memorial at https://ngpa.us/19913.

And not soon after Memorial Day, we will pay tribute to our D-Day heroes at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford on June 6. More than 800 members of the 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division were killed, wounded, or missing during the assault on Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, but
their courage and bravery helped create a foothold that allowed follow on forces to continue the assault and set the stage for Allied victory in Europe.

The employment of the Virginia National Guard over the last two years has been unprecedented, and the holiday weekend is a wonderful opportunity to rest and reflect with loves ones, but please remember not everyone is with their families. Across the globe, Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and
Coast Guardsmen continue to do the hard work of keeping us safe. The Virginia National Guard has Soldiers providing air defense site security in Iraq, a security force in the Horn of Africa and conducting peace support operations in Kosovo. Please keep them and all the other members of the Armed
Forces in your prayers, and we look forward to seeing them return home soon.

This year more than ever we owe a special thanks to our families and employers for their essential support to the Virginia National Guard and Virginia Defense Force. Without them, we couldn’t do all the things we are asked to do.

It is an honor to serve with you.

Maj. Gen. Timothy P. WIlliams
28th Adjutant General of Virginia