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Apr 13

Legion of Valor to Meet in Newport News this Month

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 8:25 AM by Communications Department

As part of the conference, the Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour will pay a visit to Newport News 

The oldest military service organization in the United States, the Legion of Valor, has selected Newport News as the site of its 127th annual conference honoring military personnel. The conference is being held April 19-23.
Christopher Newport University’s ROTC cadets are participating in a Salute to Valor parade on April 20, on the Great Lawn of Christopher Newport University hosted for members of the Legion of Valor. After the parade, representatives with the Legion of Valor are recognizing a young woman from Vienna, Virginia with the Legion’s Silver Cross for Valor for her bravery in saving the lives of family members.

The Virginia War museum is hosting a special a 36-foot long museum on wheels, called the Virginia WWI and WWII Profiles of Honor Tour, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. This history mobile, which is open to both the public and conference attendees, will be located in the rotunda in front of the Newport News Marriott at 740 Town Center Drive. The mobile features stories and artifacts from dozens of Virginians who served in World War I and World War II, as well as a full-scale model of an M5A1 Stuart Tank.

Because the history mobile includes document-scanning equipment, visitors are being asked to bring World War I- and World War II-related photographs, letters, and documents to be scanned, preserved and made publicly accessible in the Library of Virginia’s archives. The tour is part of a statewide commemoration marking the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II.

The Legion of Valor, founded in 1890 as the Medal of Honor Legion, was chartered by an Act of
Congress in 1955. Each member of the Legion of Valor is a recipient of the nation’s highest award for extraordinary heroism in combat, from the Congressional Medal of Honor and Navy Cross to the Distinguished Service Cross and Air Force Cross.

For more information about the Legion of Valor conference, contact Cheryl Morales, Marketing Manager with the Newport News Tourism Development Office, at 757-926-1428 or via email at