Fauquier Veteran’s Bridge Council to hold public forum Nov 6
Monday, Nov. 4
The Fauquier Veterans Bridge Council (FVBC) is looking for your help.
The council, which was formed to facilitate the renaming of Fauquier County bridges after military veterans, will host a public forum at the Warren-Green Building Wednesday, Nov 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The purpose of the public forum, according to the FVBC, is to educate the county about FVBC's bridge-naming selection process and to solicit involvement from anyone in the county who might have information about noteworthy military veterans from 1900 through the present, who are from Fauquier County, or to provide an opportunity for people who might want to help the council in other ways to talk to the FVBC directly.
“We have established a pretty simple but thorough process for selecting which Fauquier veterans qualify for having a bridge named after them,” said FVBC president Jay Pinsky, a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. “The reason we wanted to host a public forum is to invite the public to see how we decide who gets nominated to have a bridge named after them, and to solicit any information about Fauquier veterans we may not know about so our county’s finest military members receive the recognition they deserve.”
On Feb 14, 2013, the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution, which agreed to petition the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) on behalf of the FVBC to have the bridges in Fauquier renamed after military veterans.
The FVBC has already nominated its first resident, Fauquier native and U.S. Navy Sailor, William Sidney Shacklette. Born on May 17, 1880 in Delaplane, Shacklette earned the Medal of Honor while serving aboard the USS Bennington at San Diego, California, on July 21, 1905. The Medal was presented on January 5, 1906.
The FVBC provides a nomination package to the board of supervisors and also funds the bridge signs honoring the Fauquier veterans.
“The signs can range in price form $250 to $800 dollars, and we’re definitely looking for help to raise the money we’ll need to pay for the signs honoring our veterans,” said Pinsky.
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