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J. Thompson Wyatt Post 2




Commander John R. Shumate



September 10, 2002 

Dear Legionnaire Family:

 The 2.8 million-member American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, is coordinating a nationwide commemoration of the attack on America.

 “We Will Remember” memorial event to commemorate victims of the attack on America one year ago and U.S. military members killed in the war on terrorism; show of solidarity for our armed forces; laying of a wreath and other tributes; will be conducted on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002 at 6 PM at the American Legion J. Thompson Wyatt Post 2 home at 820 Winfield Rd Petersburg, Virginia, back gate (Mahone Gate) of Fort Lee.

 The American Legion also created a Sept. 11 Memorial Scholarship Fund for children of U.S. military personnel killed on or after Sept. 11. 

 The American Legion J. Thompson Wyatt Post 2 would be honored if you would attend.

 Please contact our 2nd Vice Commander and Americanism Chairman Jerry Silva for additional information at 541-9071, or call the post home at 732-1425.

 For God and Country.

John R. Shumate


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September 11, 2002 Remembrance Ceremony Program


On 11 September 2001, at 6:00 p.m., the members of The American Legion, J. Thompson Wyatt Post 2, Petersburg, Virginia, hosted A Day to Remember 911.  The Master of Ceremonies was Jerry Silva, 2nd Vice Commander.  Assisting with the technical portions of the ceremony was his daughter, Andrea Silva, Jr. American Legion Auxiliary.

Participants in this ceremony included the keynote speaker, Delegate Fenton L. Bland, Jr. of the 63rd District; remarks and presentation of a Proclamation to memorialize those men, women, and children who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, by Rosalyn R. Dance, Mayor of the City of Petersburg; remarks and presentation of a wreath by Greg Seidel of the Petersburg Police Department and Fire Fighter, Fred Bilter of Fire Unit #4; remarks by LTC King, representing the active duty military; remarks by John R. Shumate, Commander of The American Legion Post 2;  Invocation by Marie Shumate, Past Commander;  Pledge of Allegiance lead by the Junior American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of  the American Legion; Memorial Prayer by David Tuck, Commander, Sons of The American Legion, Squadron 2;  and Benediction by Todd Schaaf, Chaplain, Sons of The American Legion Squadron 2.  Also present was Tommy Sammons, also known as "Uncle Sam."

The ceremony was open to the public.  Troops from the 266th Quartermaster Battalion attended with Lieutenant Neal and Command Sergeant Major Williams.  Refreshments were served after the ceremony.






                        “LEST WE FORGET”