Chesterfield officials tour Virginia War Memorial

Chesterfield County Administrator James J. L. Stegmaier and members of his staff toured the Virginia War Memorial on May 9.

The Chesterfield officials were welcomed by Paul Galanti, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; Jon Hatfield, the Memorial’s Executive Director; and John V. Cogbill, III, Chairman of the Virginia War Memorial Education Foundation Board of Directors.

The tour included a visit to the Memorial’s Shrine of Honor where the names of  the nearly 12,000 Virginia servicemen and women, including those from Chesterfield County, and who lost their lives in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and the ongoing Global War on Terror are honored and remembered.  

The Virginia War Memorial’s mission is to  “Honor our Veterans, Preserve our History, Educate our Youth and Inspire Patriotism in All.”  Dedicated in 1956, the Memorial includes the names of the nearly 12,000 Virginia heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terror.

Situated on over four acres overlooking downtown Richmond and the James River at 621 South Belvidere St., the Virginia War Memorial also includes the Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center which houses military-related exhibits, programs and theaters showing the award-winning Virginians At War video series and the virtual reality film, Into Battle.

The Virginia War Memorial Educational Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the support of the educational and patriotic programs of the Memorial. 

Donations to the Foundation from individuals, corporations, veterans groups and other organizations may be tax-deductible and are encouraged and appreciated.  For more information, please visit or


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