November 6, 2008

Virginia Guard to host free holiday celebrations

By Capt. Dayna Rowden
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

FORT PICKETT, Va. The Virginia National Guard will host its second annual free holiday celebrations to be held at multiple locations around the state Dec. 5-7. The concerts will feature Virginia’s own 29th Army Band and various guest soloists from the Virginia National Guard.

The celebrations, which will feature holiday music, children’s activities, a visit with Santa, and refreshments, will be held in Weber City on Dec. 5, in Centreville on Dec. 6, and in Virginia Beach on Dec. 7 for the families of the Virginia National Guard and their communities.

"These celebrations are the Adjutant General’s way of saying 'Thank you' to the families and communities,” said Lt. Col. Thom Morgan, Virginia National Guard J-1. “It is our gift to them for their commitment  and continued patriotic support to the Commonwealth’s Soldiers and Airmen."

Representatives from Family Programs, the state Chaplain’s office, local Family Readiness Groups and the 29th Band have come together to organize the events.

"Last year's concerts were a huge success," said Morgan. "The music was great.  It was a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit as a community. We hope even more people will join us this year."

For more information, contact Dana Ivory, Virginia National Guard State Youth Coordinator by email at or by phone at 434.298.5330.

The Holiday Celebration will be held in the following locations and times:

First Baptist Church
362 US Highway 23 N
Weber City, VA
Friday, December 5, 2008
7:30 p.m.

Centreville United
Methodist Church
6400 Old Centreville Rd.
Centreville, VA
Saturday, December 6, 2008
7:30 p.m.

Thalia Lynn Baptist Church
4392 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA
Sunday, December 7, 2008
2:30 p.m.

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