Region 3 Report
Spotlight on Chapter 628
By Richard Labarre
In an ongoing effort to recognize the great chapters and
members of Region 3, I would like to showcase West Virginia
Chapter 628. Dave Simmons, the chapter’s Public Affairs Committee
chair, has provided the following information.
Princeton, West Virginia, is the home of VVA’s Blue-Gray
Chapter 628. With about half of its members living in West
Virginia and half in Virginia, the chapter’s emblem shows the
Union and Confederate soldiers on either side of the VVA logo.
This thriving chapter has a long history of service to America and
One of the first projects the chapter tackled was building a
monument honoring the men and women from four southern West
Virginia counties and four southwestern Virginia counties who lost
their lives in the Vietnam War. The chapter raised funds in 1999
to bring the Moving Wall to southern West Virginia for the first
time. In October 2000, the chapter provided funds for a trip by
more than forty veterans to Washington, D.C., to wash The Wall.
This year, Chapter 628 was asked by the North Carolina State
Council to provide security at the National Convention in
Greensboro. Eight chapter members donated a week to this effort.
Each year on Veterans Day, with the financial support of the
community and other veteran service organizations, members of
Chapter 628 provide manpower to host the Veterans Day Dinner. This
annual event at the National Guard Armory in Brushfork, West
Virginia, provides a full course, sit-down dinner free of charge
to more than five hundred veterans and their families.
On Veterans Day 2001, Route 460, a major highway which runs
throughout southern West Virginia and southernwestern Virginia,
renamed Veterans Memorial Highway as a result of Chapter 628’s
Region 3 is made up of seven states and the District of
Columbia. The Appalachian Mountains bind us together. Chapter 628
is in the heart of those mountains.