Richmond residents donned red, white and blue and showed their support for military veterans at two separate events in the city on Monday.
The Richmond Veterans Collaborative, a group of organizations that provide assistance to veterans and military families, hosted a breakfast at Veterans Memorial Hall. Rhonda Harris, founder of the Veterans Resource Program, served as the master of ceremonies, and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, County Supervisor John Gioia, and city council members Tom Butt and Nat Bates all delivered short speeches.
More than 200 people gathered at the Port of Richmond to celebrate Veterans Day inside the newly restored Riggers Loft and onboard the SS Red Oak Victory. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize the building’s remodeling took place during the festivities.
The event featured World War II-era music by vocal trio the JACs, a ceremonial flower wreath toss off the deck of the SS Red Oak Victory and tours of the historic locations.
The Rosie the Riveter Trust, National Park Service, city of Richmond and Richmond Museum of History organized the celebration, which was sponsored by Chevron.