Mount Vernon, Alexandria: A Time to Remember

Ceremony to honor local veterans.

— The Friends of Rocky Versace will host the city’s 15th Annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center.

The indoor ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and honor posthumous Medal of Honor recipient Captain Rocky Versace, the 66 other Alexandrians who died during the Vietnam War and all veterans in attendance.

Located at 2701 Mount Vernon Ave., the center is the home of the Rocky Versace statue and Alexandria’s Vietnam Veterans Wall. The event is open to the public.

The Friends of Rocky Versace organization is also spearheading efforts to identify all Alexandrians killed or missing in action during the Vietnam conflict with a photo. Of the 66 Vietnam veterans from Alexandria, only nine remain without an identifying photo: Ross Collins, Jr.; Robert Dean; James Dickey; Bernard Dillenseger; Thomas Gaither; Darrell Gibbons; James King; Jeron Valentine; and David Warczak.

If anyone has information on these men, contact Kevin Rue at