It was a solemn occasion, but filled with enthusiasm, compassion and respect when the Oldies But Goodies Classic Cruizers (OBGCC) Enon based car club, joined forces with the American Legion, the Blue Knights (law enforcement officer motorcycle organization), the Combat Vet Association and others, on Dec. 15, at a wreath laying event. The wreaths were placed upon the graves of 552 veterans.
“This is our fourth year of laying wreaths,” said Bruce Vecchioni, membership official of the club. “The money for this project comes from our pockets and fund raisers and we are glad to do it.”
The team gathered early on Dec. 15 and set right to work.
“We were able as a club to contribute 357 of the wreaths,” said Don Vtipil, club president. “We actually have a lot of veterans in our club.”
About twenty members of Oldies But Goodies took part.
The wreath laying took place at City Point National Cemetery in Hopewell.
City Point National Cemetery is located on the south bank of the Appomattox River.
In the last year of the Civil War, Union troops, artillery and all manner of supplies were amassed at City Point in preparation for Grant’s final assaults to capture Petersburg – another key communications center – and Richmond. From June 1864 until April 1865, the relentless Union advances and the Confederate’s stubborn and often-desperate defense tactics resulted in many wounded and dead, who were transported to City Point and other regional hospitals. Seven hospitals in City Point administered most of the care for the injured and mortally wounded.
Casualties were originally interred in burial grounds near the hospitals, and later they were reinterred at City Point National Cemetery. Through the years, additional burial sites from various Civil War battles have been discovered as local construction projects, such as subdivision development and road widening were made near the cemetery.
Many of these remains, both Union and Confederate, were reinterred at City Point National Cemetery. Unlike other Civil War-era national cemeteries in the Richmond area, here the number of known interments exceeds unknowns. Reinterments include remains from another City Point burial ground, Point of Rocks cemetery (Chesterfield County), and Harrison’s Landing (Charles City County). City Point National Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995.
The cemetery also has soldiers and veterans from other wars.
The OBGCC car club was formed on Sep. 1, 1998. The club was formed to bring together people who have an interest in cars and trucks 20 or more years old and to help support charities that improve the lives of children.