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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Winter Lecture Series: Part Deux


 Hello All,

Snowy morning on Smith Mountain Lake, 2.17.15

Gi Jive 2015
I hope you all are enjoying our recent snowstorm! Just a reminder, the National D-day Memorial will be closed until Thursday, and possibly later, due to the current weather conditions. We want everyone to remain safe and warm while a very large portion of Virginia thaws out. Despite the snow and ice being treacherous at times, one cannot help but admire its beauty.

GI Jive table decor, 2015
I would also like to send out a HUGE thank you to all those who could attend the GI Jive this past Saturday, Valentine’s Day, and to the Trivium Estate for allowing us to host our event at your gorgeous location. The Jive was absolutely dazzling and could not have been more enjoyable! The evening was full of laughter, love, and fun and I hope all those who were in attendance this year will join us again next year! You definitely won’t want to miss out on all the excitement.

Our next event will be the second installment of our Lunchbox Lecture series entitled, “The Black Swallow of Death: The Life and Exploits of the First African American Pilot in Uniform” and will be held on Thursday, February 26th, beginning at noon until 1 PM. The lecture will take place, once again, at the Bedford Welcome Center’s Community Room and will be free admission, though donations are greatly appreciated.

Eugene Bullard
The lecture will explore the enthralling history of the first African-American pilot and spy in World War I, Eugene Bullard. Visitors will be able to sit back and enjoy a riveting presentation by the D-Day Memorial Foundation’s President, April Cheek-Messier, as she gives a detailed slideshow of Bullard’s life and accomplishments. Not only did Bullard have an exceptional reputation as a pilot and spy, he became a professional boxer, musician, nightclub owner, and war hero while in Europe, where he spent the rest of his life. Bullard also received a total of fifteen decorations by the French government for his service in both World War conflicts.

You will not want to miss out on this fascinating second winter lecture. Seating is based on a first come, first serve basis, and is usually filled rather quickly. If inclement weather should arise, please call our office for more information at (540) 586-3329.

Take Care,
Elizabeth

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