Grigg believes the work of the Veterans Council spans generations of service members to help just-returned veterans realize that they are appreciated by all for their sacrifice.
“What we’re doing in Lynchburg is catching on. I’m hoping future veterans get the treatment they deserve because some haven’t received it,” said Grigg.
Steve Bozeman, vice president of the Lynchburg Area Veterans Council, was at the first rally 20 years ago.
“It started very innocently, you know, just with the troops, but it happened in one, two, three weeks, then one, two, three years… and once we saw the veterans brotherhood. here, spanning 70 years from WWII to Afghanistan … we didn’t want to stop, “Bozeman said.
Bozeman’s most memorable Friday troop rally at Monument Terrace was in week 900, he said, when the Fallen Heroes Memorial came to Lynchburg and displayed nearly 7,000 name tags depicting all of them. the lives that have died in the war on terror since September 11, 2001.
“So began the Monument Terrace Troop Rally, to show support for our military as they go into battle in Afghanistan and this fallen heroes memorial was a visual reminder of the lives lost in Afghanistan and Iraq.
James Howard served in Afghanistan and was later injured. James is from Lynchburg and created this memorial and displaying it in front of Monument Terrace was a magnificent sight where the sacrifices of our Lynchburg dead were the backdrop for those who have fallen since 9/11. It was very emotional, ”said Bozeman.