With Veterans Day on November 11th, the nation gives thanks to its soldiers who have so selflessly served our country, and in Lynchburg we will do the same. Our city has a long history of honoring and assisting our military service members functioning as a hospital town during the Civil War and supplying lunches to the soldiers passing through on their way to fight in WWII. Here are several ways for you to pay your respects, and learn more about the battles and people that have shaped our city and nation.
The Monument Terrace pays tribute to all of our brave Lynchburg soldiers from the Civil War to present day. As you ascend the 139 steps from the 9th and Court Street intersection, you will come across varying statues and monuments, such as the “Listening Post,” locally referred to as “The Doughboy,” as this statue depicts a World War I infantry soldier. It also commemorates Lynchburg residents that participated in the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, the Spanish American War, as well as World War II. You will be able to read the names of the brave soldiers who answered the call to battle and reflect on the sacrifices they made for our country. Take your time exploring this terrace and all of its deeply impactful offerings.
At the top of the Monument Terrace you will find The Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House. The Museum focuses on the rich history of Central Virginia with exhibits that include everything from antique toys, military items and fine art, to historic photographs and music memorabilia. They have over 20,000 objects and 10,000 photographs consisting of Lynchburg history that the public is encouraged to take advantage of by reaching out to the Museum with their questions.
Located in Bedford, The National D-Day Memorial honors the soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 during World War II. The memorial offers a solemn, respectful atmosphere for visitors to pay respects. As you pay tribute to those who served their country, you will be taken on an educational journey, walking you through the events of the significant battle that shaped our history. On November 11th, you can attend the Veterans Day Observance and enjoy special music, guest speakers and witness the latest installment of veteran bricks.
Visit these landmarks on Veterans Day or any other day of the year, they are not only educational, but an opportunity to honor all of the fallen.You can also visit the Old City Cemetery and Presbyterian Cemetery where many of our local veterans have been buried to pay your respects. Honor those who have served this Veteran’s Day.