Tribute to a Fallen Comrade

A tribute to to Marine Sargent Major (retired) Tom Hicks was produced in early 2021 by Farmville, Virginia Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7059, Farmville American Legion Post 32, the Piedmont Area Veterans Council, and friends. The focus of this tribute is Tom’s tireless volunteer contributions to the local community. Accounts by seven veterans tell how he collected clothes for … Read More

Navy veteran tells his story

“The US Navy made profound impressions on my youth and my own evolution into later life. The experiences and shipmates I have known and the opportunities afforded me during my Navy years have granted me a life of pride, joy and hopefully, service to others.”      In summer, 2020, Pamplin, Virginia resident, Fred Hill, completed an account of his military … Read More

A story for Veterans Day, 2020

  This story, “Bees,” by Michael Lund, appears in Intima: a Journal of Narrative Medicine. You can listen to him read it here or read it online at the journal site.    

Visiting Scholar

    Dr. John S. (Jerry) Mebane, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Alabama at Huntsville, speaks to English 215-01  on March 9. The focus of the course is “The Death of the Citizen Soldier?” And Dr. Mebane’s topic was” Christianity, pacifism, and the principles of justice in warfare,” a topic at least as old as Saint Augustine who wrote … Read More

From the US Army to the Peace Corps

Green Bay, Virginia, Army veteran completed an account of his year in Vietnam–and his two years in Malaysia as a Peace Corps volunteer. After basic training and telephone cable splicing school, he was sent to the 41st Signal Battalion in Qui Nhon, city is on the South China Sea and a major port for our forces. Three months after arriving … Read More

Fall Harvest.

  This semester the students planted, tended and then harvested a “victory garden” as part of Lund’s English 215 class, titled “9/11: Loss and Redemption.” The class counts as credit toward the Historical and Contemporary Insights pillar in Longwood’s Civitae core curriculum.  I thought I could put in place something that is a gesture to the veteran community and also … Read More

US Department of Agriculture Visitors

Military Veterans Agricultural Liaisons Bill Ashton and ​Matthew Underwood spoke to students in English 215, who are managing the Victory Garden this semester, about Department of Agriculture initiatives to support retiring military who want to move into farming in their civilian careers. Mr. Underwood, a Marine veteran who served multiple tours in Iraq, explained how veterans want to serve the community in … Read More

Director addresses Military Officers

At the Riverside Cafe in Farmville on November 22, Dr. Lund presented an overview of Home and Abroad to the local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. With more than 350,000 members from every branch of service, MOAA is a leading voice on compensation and benefit matters for all members of the military community Lund explained that Home and Abroad … Read More

Book Signing

Friends and business associates of Ralph Jackson celebrated the completion of his memoir, “My Road to World War II and Beyond,” with a generous reception at the Lynchburg General Aviation terminal. Ralph, who served in the Navy in World War II, has an office in the complex and continues to train new pilots. He has given over 3,000 flight checks to qualified … Read More