Every year the Recreation and Parks Department honors veterans with a ceremony at the City of Falls Church Veterans Memorial:
223 Little Falls St.
Falls Church, VA 22046
This tribute recognizes all those who served in the armed forces.
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." - Elmer Davis, Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II
2017 Keynote Speaker
The Keynote Speaker of the 2017 Veterans Day Ceremony is Mary Keeser.
A former U.S. Army officer, Ms. Keeser also served in key executive positions with Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton and SRA Corporation. She later launched a government consulting firm, KEMSS, LLC a Woman Owned-Service disabled Veteran Small Business (WO-SDVOSB).
As a fifth generation military service member, she supports multiple diversity and volunteer initiatives for Military Service members, Veterans and their Families. She’s and active Board member for Fairfax-Falls Church Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness Governing Board, the America’s Freedom Foundation and is an active volunteer for National Guard Family Readiness Group, a past Board Member of the National Guard Association of United States Corporate Advisory Panel, NGBAA Executive Board, and SRA International - Volunteer of the Year.
Ms. Keeser is also the founder and Chairman of America’s Adopt A Soldier®, a certified 501c3 organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our Service members, Homeless Veterans, Veterans and their Families.
Ms. Keeser is the recipient of two Patriotic Civilian Service Awards and holds a Presidential Appointment as an active S.S. Board Member.
About the 2016 Ceremony
In 2016, two bronze plaques were added to the wall in front of the Community Center to honor the seven Falls Church heroes who gave all for their country in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
War in Afghanistan (October 2001 to December 2014)
Harold J. Greene
Stephan L. Mace
Ronald A. Rodriguez
Iraq War (March 2003 to December 2011)
Andy D. Anderson
Javier Obleas-Prado Pena
Jonathan D. Winterbottom
In addition to the plaque dedication, the event featured remarks and remembrances, a tribute for those missing in action, a wreath presentation and prayer for departed veterans, and performances by the Falls Church City Concert Band.
This program was prepared by representatives of the Greater Falls Church Veterans Council including American Legion Post 130, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Martin-Leppert-Sipes Post 9274, Catholic War Veterans Paul and Jacques Martin Post 1652, Falls Church Daughters of the American Revolution, Northern Virginia WWII Veterans, the Veterans Memorial Committee, and dedicated volunteers under the coordination of the City of Falls Church Recreation and Park Department.