Memorial Day Ceremony

2018 Memorial Day Ceremony 

The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial outside the Community Center. 

Keynote Speaker

This year's Keynote Speaker is Retired Army Colonel Ward Nickisch. Col. Nickisch served in the Army for 30 years, including duty in Vietnam. He later commanded two companies in Germany and a battalion in the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC and went on to serve as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Army and Director of Casualty and Memorial Affairs. In that position he was responsible for the search, recovery, identification, and repatriation of the soldiers (of all Military Services) whose bodies were recovered from all prior wars. 

Col. Nickisch remains active in Veterans affairs at the local, state, and national levels. He and his wife reside in Gainesville, VA. 

Memorial Ceremony Program

Master of Ceremonies: Harry Shovlin

Posting of Colors: Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 130

Remembrance for POW/MIAs: Commander Bob Smith, VFW Post 9274 and Chairman of the Falls Church Veterans Council

National Anthem: City of Falls Church Concert Band and Ret. Sgt. Major Robert Petillo, US Army Band under the direction of Robert Little

Invocation: Rev. Dr. Rick Wright, The Falls Church Anglican

Welcoming: David Tarter, Mayor, City of Falls Church

Remarks: Bob Smith, Chairman, Greater Falls Church Veterans Council

The Unknown Soldier: City of Falls Church Concert Band, under the direction of Robert Little

Keynote Address: Colonel Ward B. Nickish (Retired) U.S. Army

God Bless America: City of Falls Church Concert Band and Sgt. Major Robert Petillo, US Army Band under the direction of Robert Little

Presentation of Wreath in Memory of Departed Veterans: Shannon Combs-Bennett, Falls Church Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Escorted by Richard L. Anton, Post 130

Presentations & Announcements: Harry Shovlin

Prayer for the Departed Veterans: Rev. Dr. Rick Wright, The Falls Church Anglican

Taps: Master Gunnery Sgt. John Abbracciamento, U.S. Marine Corps Band

Retiring of POW/MIA Flag: Commander Bob Smith, VFW Post 9274

Retiring of Colors: Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 130

2017 Memorial Day Ceremony​


Program


Master of Ceremonies: Harry Shovlin

Posting of Colors: Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 130

Remembrance for POW/MIAs: Commander Bob Smith, VFW Post 9274

National Anthem: City of Falls Church Concert Band and Sgt. Major Robert Petillo, US Army Band under the direction of Robert Little

Invocation: Rev. Brian Bashista, St. James Catholic Church

Welcoming: David Tarter, Mayor, City of Falls Church

Remarks: Bob Smith, Chairman, Greater Falls Church Veterans Council

Keynote Address: Bryce Reeves, Virginia Senator, 17th District, US Army, Airborne Ranger

God Bless America: City of Falls Church Concert Band and Sgt. Major Robert Petillo, US Army Band under the direction of Robert Little

Presentation of Wreath in Memory of Departed Veterans: Jenny Inskeep, Falls Church Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Escorted by Richard L. Anton, Post 130

Presentations & Announcements: Harry Shovlin

Prayer for the Departed Veterans: Rev. Brian Bashista, St. James Catholic Church

Taps: Master Gunnery Sgt. John Abbracciamento, U.S. Marine Corps Band

Retiring of POW/MIA Flag: Commander Bob Smith, VFW Post 9274

Retiring of Colors: Honor Guard from the American Legion Post 130