WWI, WWII Profiles of Honor Mobile to visit Lynchburg

The POH tour pays respect at the Southwest Virginia Veteran's Cemetery in Dublin on April 1, 2017 (Photo: Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I and the 75th anniversary of World War II, the Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour will visit Lynchburg on Friday, May 26 and Saturday May 27, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

There will be interactive exhibits and opportunities to digitize and archive family heirlooms and memorabilia in the Library of Virginia that relate to wars.

You can see the exhibits at the foot of Monument Terrace at Church and 9th Streets.

On Friday, the Mobile’s presence will coincide with the weekly gathering of Lynchburg’s Monument Terrace Troop Rally.

“We are excited to host the Profiles of Honor Mobile here in Lynchburg as a compliment to the Lynchburg Museum’s year-long exhibit, It Was My Privilege & My Duty: Lynchburg in WWI,” said Doug Harvey, Lynchburg Museum System Director. “The exhibit explores what Lynchburg was like 100 years ago when America entered WWI and the military roles of the 2,800 Lynchburg men and women who served.”

The Virginia World War I and World War II Profiles of Honor Mobile Tour brings to life the state's integral role in both wars, highlighting stories of Virginians who served in both conflicts.

Visitors are invited to bring their own WWI and WWII-related photographs to be scanned for inclusion in the Virginia Profiles of Honor project.

America's entry into World War II in 1941 was a turning point in a conflict that had been raging since September 1939. More than 16 million men and women joined the fight, with over 400,000 Americans paying the ultimate price of freedom, more than 11,400 of whom were Virginians.

Part of the 800 block of Church Street will be closed to traffic on Friday and Saturday of the events.

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