Riggleman Speaks at ‘Walk of Honor’ Ceremony, Discusses Legislation, Upcoming Election
STANARDSVILLE, Va. (WVIR) – In Greene County on Monday, 5th District Congressman Denver Riggleman, alongside community members, honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Walk of Honor ceremony.
The ceremony took place at the American Legion Post 128 on Monday in Standardsville. The group honored fallen soldiers who served in several wars, including Vietnam and Korea.
Several musicians also performed to honor the lives lost. Riggleman spoke about his service experience and paid tribute to veterans and their families in the audience.
“I think it’s a day to be joyous and to be thankful…to have a lot of gratitude for those who came before us,” Riggleman said. “Just thinking about those I served with and those who came before me, is one of the most sobering and humbling things, that’s why I get emotional about it.”
American Legion Post 128 honored 24 soldiers who lost their lives. Community members sponsored flags in their names.
“We’re really here on Memorial Day Weekend to honor those military service members that have made the ultimate sacrifice,” said Chaplain of American Legion Post 128 Doug Fargo. “To have a day to remember, to recognize, to reflect and to think about that service to us and what kind of freedoms that were provided to us for it.”
NBC29 caught up with Congressman Riggleman about the upcoming primary elections.
“I think right now you’re going to have very close elections, but I would ask the people you know vote their conscious but also vote for the principles that makes Virginia, Virginia,” Riggleman said.
All of the Virginia Senate seats and 100 of the state House seats are up for re-election in November.
Riggleman is also working on trade and broadband issues in Washington, D.C.
“We’re working on the USMCA and we’re working on rural broadband as hard as I’ve ever worked on anything in my life, but we want to end the addition crisis…we got to look at what addiction is doing to our communities,” Riggleman said.
The USMCA is the United State-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement, which Riggleman says impacts many people in the rural, agricultural parts of the 5th District.