Veterans and Military

Corps of Engineers changes command

December 8, 2016

Hundreds of well-wishers gathered Thursday at the headquarters of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District to mark a change of command.

Walking for warriors

George Eshelman, a retired Army sergeant and president and founder of the Unified Warrior Foundation, made a stop for rest in Strasburg this week during his long hike along the Appalachian Trail.  Nathan Budryk/Daily

August 11, 2016

STRASBURG — George Eshelman will be the first to tell you that he’s not interested in credit for his journey. The retired Army sergeant and president and founder of the Unified Warrior Foundation has hiked thousands of miles on the Appalachian Trail in his quest to stop veteran suicides and help those struggling warriors in any way he can.

Troops return home to family and friends

Sgt. Ryan Croft, a member of the Virginia National Guard 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment based in Woodstock, hugs his wife, Christine in July after they were reunited following his deployment in Qatar.  Rich Cooley/Daily

July 19, 2016

WOODSTOCK – More than 50 National Guard soldiers from around the area were welcomed back home Tuesday night by family and friends at the National Guard Armory in Woodstock.

Former Vietnam War POW recalls time in captivity

Retired Air Force Col. Norman McDaniel addresses those assembled at Front Royal's Unity Masonic Lodge on Wednesday. McDaniel was captured by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War and held for more than six years.  Nathan Budryk/Daily

July 8, 2016

FRONT ROYAL – The Unity Masonic Lodge honored veterans this week with a dinner, a presentation on the history of America’s flag and a speech from retired Air Force Col. Norman McDaniel, a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than six years.

Veteran brothers honored by Strasburg council

Strasburg Town Council recognized the three Strasburg Updyke brothers, all veterans, for their military service during WWII. From left are Benjamin Franklin Updike, 89,  Philip Wayno Updike, 91, and Harold Updike, 92.  Rich Cooley/Daily

January 12, 2016

It’s a rare occasion when a town honors three World War II veterans for their service at the same time, but it’s even more rare when those three men are brothers.

South Korean military official salutes U.S. veterans

December 11, 2015

Their ranks are thinning as they age, but Korean War veterans from the Winchester area are determined to keep alive the memory of the sacrifices they and their allies made during the bloody three-year conflict.

Veterans, families honored in Front Royal

Retired U.S Air Force Brig. Gen. David C. Wesley addresses the crowd during a Veterans Day program outside Warren County Courthouse in Front Royal on Wednesday. Wesley is the president of Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal.  Rich Cooley/Daily

November 11, 2015

FRONT ROYAL – At the Veterans Day program in Front Royal, Giles B. Cook American Legion Post 53 members led a ceremony of thanks and laid wreaths at the monuments around the Warren County Courthouse.

MMA offers tribute to veterans

Massanutten Military Academy Cadets cross the Gordon D. Bowman Stadium field in Woodstock on Wednesday during a Veterans Day program . Kaley Toy/Daily

November 11, 2015

WOODSTOCK – Massanutten Military Academy honored those who served the nation during a Veterans Day tribute on Wednesday morning.

Warren County students honor veterans

Gavin Paeprucha, 12, waves his flag during the Veterans Day program Tuesday at Warren County Middle School in Front Royal.  Rich Cooley/Daily

November 10, 2015

Students at Warren County Middle School honored veterans close to them a day early at their Veterans Day program on Tuesday morning.

Guard battalion prepares to deploy

Michael Martin, 40, a computer detection systems specialist from Manassas, stands in formation with the Virginia National Guard's Winchester-based 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as they prepare to travel to Fort Pickett near Blackstone. The group has received a mobilization order to enter active federal service for duty in Southwest Asia. Rich Cooley/Daily

July 9, 2015

A Virginia National Guard battalion based in Winchester is headed back overseas for the first time in more than seven years.

Flags flying at Strasburg home

A total of 1,375 American flags fly in the constant breeze at the Long residence in Strasburg. "The breath that moves these flags are the dead soldiers that are laying in the ground in all our veteran's cemeteries."   Rachel Mahoney/Daily

May 22, 2015

There’s no Memorial Day display in Strasburg quite like that of Greg and Anna Long and their family on Red Bud Road.