Youngkin announces meeting date for veterans survivors task force

The first meeting of the Preserving Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Task Force will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. June 10 at the War Memorial in Richmond, Governor Glenn Youngkin announced Friday.

The task force was established to address recent changes made by the General Assembly to the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP).

I am proud that so many Virginians, especially the many veterans who have already reached out to volunteer on behalf of our military families and all Virginians, are coming together to offer solutions to help preserve and sustain this important program for the future,” Gov. Glenn Youngkin said in a news release. “The Task Force will give stakeholders a venue to provide important information on the program, express their concerns and offer feedback on implementation guidance and suggestions for changes.”

The release states that General Assembly members have been invited to formally participate in the task force.

Virginians can provide feedback to the Task Force ahead of the June 10th meetingby emailing

According to the release, the Task Force will be co-chaired by Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Craig Crenshaw, a retired Major General in the United States Marine Corps, and Secretary of Education Aimee Rogstad Guidera. Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears, Attorney General Jason Miyares, and their offices will participate in the Task Force’s work.

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Rockland Community Prayer Garden holds dedication ceremony

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A dedication ceremony is being held April 29th at 10 am for the Rockland Community Prayer Garden located at 2921 Rockland Road in Warren County.

The large prayer garden has taken over two years to construct and features a life-sized, hand-carved marble statue of Christ above a large reflecting pool surrounded by over 6000 bricks forming a cross.

This is all encompassed by a garden of over 1500 plants with many benches and walkways to find the perfect place to relax and find peace.

Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears will speak at the dedication and all are invited to attend.

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Middletown celebrates Arbor Day

Middletown celebrates the 151st Anniversary of Arbor Day and the 51st anniversary of the Arbor Day foundation with an event today.

At 1 pm, guests are invited to a ceremonial planting of a Cherokee Dogwood Tree along Main Street, across from the Wayside Inn and Larrick’s Tavern.

The tree, which was donated by Meadows Farms of Winchester, will be planted to honor Marine Corps Veteran and Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Winsome Earle-Sears.

She is a native of Frederick County and will be attending the event.

Stick around following the tree planting for a special surprise.

The event will be held rain or shine.

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