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Cherry Hill Park Picnic to Honor Veterans

Veterans and their families, and citizens dedicated to serving veterans, are invited to the Greater Falls Church Veterans Council’s third annual Veterans Picnic on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Cherry Hill Park.

Festivities begin at noon and last until 4 p.m. Participants can enjoy barbecue by Bentley’s Restaurant, and students from area schools will provide musical entertainment.

A remembrance ceremony will be held honoring Tony Scerbo, who recently passed away at age 96. He served as chairman emeritus of the POW/MIA Committees for the Council and for The American Legion. A keynote speaker from the Japanese-American Veterans Association will share military experiences.

Local citizens will be honored for their efforts to serve veterans. Roger Neighborgall, former military Ranger, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing his many years of service on behalf of local veterans. John Johnson, longtime local activist on behalf of veteran programs, will receive the Veteran of the Year award. He is the past commander of the Falls Church American Legion Post 130 and has devoted decades working on projects designed to care for our veterans and their families. Robert and Emily Winterbottom, who lost their son in the Iraq conflict in 2007, will share the Veteran’s Best Friend award, thanking them for their active fundraising efforts to support Falls Church veteran programs, including raising funds to pay for a bronze plaque honoring the Falls Church heroes of the recent wars.

Cherry Hill Park is located at 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. For more information, call 571-251-1453.