Wittman attends 9/11 memorial, flag retirement ceremony in Beaverdam
BEAVERDAM, VA – On Sunday, Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) delivered remarks at the 9/11 Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony hosted by American Legion Post 90 in Beaverdam, VA. Congressman Wittman also presented a plaque of recognition to the Hanover County Sheriff’s Department and Hanover County Sheriff, Colonel David R. Hines, on behalf of Post 90.
“I was honored to be with American Legion Post 90 and the Hanover County Sheriff’s Department as we remembered not only the thousands of Americans who perished on September 11th, but the sacrifice of so many Americans who have given of so much of themselves and some who have given all to guarantee our freedom and security in the nearly two decades since that perilous day,” Congressman Wittman said. “As the events of September 11, 2001 become more and more distant, it is important for all of us to remember not only the tragic loss of life but the extraordinary efforts of so many Americans on that day and the many days since.
“First responders, law enforcement personnel, State and local officials, our military, and countless volunteers bravely risked and, sometimes, sacrificed their own lives to protect our nation. While we can’t bring back the innocent lives that were lost that day, we can honor their memory by living up to the ideals that have been demonstrated across the country in the wake of 9/11.
“It is vitally important that we take the time to recognize and honor public servants and first responders in our communities. I was humbled to help honor and recognize both Colonel Hines and the entire Hanover County Sheriff’s Office for their work and service to our community. I would like to thank Post Commander Kevin Glathar and all of the members of Post 90 for inviting me to participate in this event, and again want to say thank you to all law enforcement professionals and first responders in Virginia’s First Congressional District.”
“American Legion Post 90 is thankful for the support from our community and leaders like Congressman Wittman,” said Post 90 Commander Kevin Glathar. “Our Post members and others in attendance were elated to have him as keynote speaker and guest of honor for this event. Congressman Wittman delivered a powerful message that complimented the 9/11 Remembrance and Flag Retirement Ceremony very well. The Post was also thankful to have him help us recognize the selfless sacrifice of Sheriff Hines and his team.
“I also want to thank Congressman Wittman for staying around after the formal ceremony to interact with participants in the ceremony and others in attendance. This meant a great deal to me and those that had a few moments to spend with him. I had the opportunity to hear about his support for the new VA medical facility that will be built in the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania area. This is great news! Post 90 routinely encounters veterans looking for assistance with medical problems. It has been difficult to offer solutions due to capacity issues at McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond and increased scheduling problems in light of COVID 19. News of this new facility is a blessing. Thank you again, Congressman Wittman, for taking time to be with Post 90 and the Beaverdam community.”
At the most recent Hanover County Board of Supervisors meeting, Colonel Hines was recognized as the American Legion Virginia Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Congressman Wittman has been a long-time supporter of all law enforcement, fire, EMS, and first responder professionals in Virginia’s First Congressional District, and most recently signed a pledge to continue his support of law enforcement officials.
Congressman Wittman is also a cosponsor of the JUSTICE Act, a measure which would increase transparency, training, and accountability for law enforcement departments across the nation.