ROANOKE, Va. WFXR – This Veterans Day, the Westchester Garden Club in cooperation with the city of Roanoke dedicated a Blue Star Memorial Marker atop scenic Mill Mountain to honor the armed forces.
Many attended the moving dedication.
Patriotic music orchestrated by Dr. Stewart Wiley of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra played between military tributes, dedications, and recognitions.
Among those who spoke was retired Navy Captain, Gary Powers. Powers served for 35 years, is the son of a Pearl Harbor survivor and veteran, and the brother of a Vietnam veteran. Service and sacrifice are deeply instilled virtues in the Power’s family.
They were able to endure long hardships away from home, long duty in far away places, cold climates, hot climates, miss family events, so to come together at an event like this to say thank you for your service means a lot to a veteran.Gary Powers, retired Navy Captain
Powers, a Roanoke native describes the life of a veteran but also explains how meaningful it is to be recognized by the new Blue Star Memorial Marker.
Now… every time a Roanoker or visitor approaches the scenic and coveted Mill Mountain overlook, they will see the marker, bearing a few words with a big meaning.