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Discover Western Prince William October 2017
Doug Horhota
Heroes inspire us every day. When we imagine heroes,
we may think of fi refi ghters rushing into the Twin Towers
on 9-11, civilians rescuing fl ood victims, fi rst responders
answering an emergency call, or even teachers, doctors,
nurses, and religious leaders touching lives. But at this
time of year, we are reminded especially of the heroic
dedication and sacrifi ce of our veterans.
Veterans Day was offi cially known as Armistice Day and
signifi ed the 11th day of the 11th month (November)
when the formal truce ended World War I in 1918.
Later changed to the name Veterans Day in 1954, it
commemorates all military veterans who have served in
our Armed Forces. This distinguishes it from Memorial
Day, which remembers those members who died in the
service of the United States and is
marked in May.
In a region where the military is so
prominent, with Army installations in
Virginia and Maryland, a major Navy
base in Hampton Roads, Andrews
Air Force Base, Quantico Marine
Base, and of course the linchpin of
our military, the Pentagon, all within
a couple of hours away, many
symbols for veterans are prominent
this time of year. In Manassas, we
remember veterans with the annual
Veterans Parade and in the exhibits
at the Freedom Museum.
In October of 2008, the idea of
a parade in Manassas to honor
veterans was discussed by a small
group of Legionnaires at American Legion Robert V.
McMaugh Memorial Post 10 in Manassas. A committee
formed to consult the City of Manassas, and Mayor
Harry J. Parrish II along with then-Chief of Police John
Skinner were unanimous in their support.
The committee soon moved forward with
plans for the parade, applying for a permit;
getting insurance; renting bleachers,
a reviewing stand, and port-a-johns;
purchasing banners; preparing press
releases and publicity to get the word out;
designing posters; developing a website;
coordinating with the Old Town Business
A s s o c i a t i o n ;
and gathering
And, oh yes,
the committee
had to raise
money to pay
for everything.
Post 10 lent the
parade committee money to get started, and INISFAIL,
the organization that has staged the St. Patrick's Day
Parade in Manassas for the last 10 years, offered its
guidance and assistance. The Parade is the culmination
of many individuals working together with the mission
to honor all veterans and to educate
the community while inspiring
awareness and paying tribute to the
service and sacrifi ce all veterans
have endured in the pursuit of
This year, the Veterans Day
parade marches through Historic
Downtown on
November 4 at 11:00
a.m. Visit for more
The Freedom Museum, located
in the terminal at the Manassas
Regional Airport, tells the stories
and displays the artifacts of local
men and women who joined the
Armed Services to protect the
freedoms we all enjoy. There is
a display honoring Sylvester Epps, who fought in the
Spanish-American War, the war against Poncho Villa,
and in World War I. Richard Bean enlisted in the Army in
1941, fought in Saipan, was killed in action in 1944, and
after being missing in action for 70 years, his remains
were discovered by Japanese people
looking for their own war dead. His remains
were returned to Manassas in 2014 and
buried at Quantico National Cemetery,
and his artifacts are displayed in the
museum. Lance Corporal Eli Tice joined
the Marines in September 2008 and was
assigned to provide security for the locals
in Helmand Province, Iraq. In
May 2010, he stepped on the
pressure plate of an IED and
lost a leg. Today, among his
many achievements, he is a
helicopter pilot. His story is
told in the museum.
The veterans featured in the Freedom
Museum's displays represent the more
than 40,000 veterans who live in Manassas,
Manassas Park, and Prince William County.
Please take a moment this Veterans Day to
thank a veteran you know for their service.
Visit for more
hank You, Vets!
By Doug Horhota with contributing authorship from
the Manassas Veteran's Parade Committee and
the Freedom Museum
An Afternoon of Music
inspired by nAture: with chris
sexton & Kelly Muzzin; sunday,
october 15, 1pm. To Benefit the
Thunder Valley Youth Leadership Program
(Oglala Lakota children of the Pine Ridge
Reservation in South Dakota). Bull Run
Unitarian Universalists Church Building
9350 Main St., Old Town Manassas
fAMily fAll festivAl: broad run
baptist church; saturday, october 28,
12-3pm. free. Door prizes, games, cake
walk, children's costume contest, moon
bounce, food & family fun. 5143 Broad
Run Church Rd., New Baltimore.
free trAining for volunteers:
fire fighters needed; The Manassas
Volunteer Fire Company needs volunteers.
703-368-6211, or visit www.
free coMMunity shred: recycle
documents; saturday, october 28,
9am-1pm. Accepted: (Up to 4 boxes)
confidential documents, bank statements,
tax returns, paper clips (regular size)
and staples do not have to be removed.
not accepted: junk mail, newspapers
& magazines, metal binder clips/folders,
jumbo paper clips, Redweld Accordion
files, 3-ring binders, CDs, electronics. 2
locations: PWC Landfill, 14811 Dumfries
Rd., & Balls Ford Road Compost Facility,
13000 Balls Ford Rd., Manassas. Non-
confidential documents can be dropped
off at recycle facilities.
spirits of MAnAssAs: tours at the
Manassas Museum; saturday, october
28, 7-8pm. Hear surpricing stories about
Historic Manassas. $15/Adults, $7.50/
Children 12 & under. Manassas Museum,
9101 Prince William St., Manassas.
librAry hAlloween hAppenings:
we're game; tuesday, october 31,
4:30pm. Wear your superhero-themed
Halloween costume, play board games
& enjoy superhero activities (all ages).
Haymarket-Gainesville Community Library.
14870 Lightner Rd., Haymarket.
bAzAAr: sponsored by friends of the
Manassas senior center; saturday,
november 4, 9am-2pm. Handmade
crafts, holiday items, ceramics, wreaths,
plants & rummage sale. Raffles, silent
auction & Secret Santa Shop, baked
goods & lunch. Manassas Senior Center,
9320 Mosby St., Manassas.
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