08 June 2009

Gathering of Eagles

I was in Winchester this past weekend to celebrate my 29th wedding anniversary. While in town, my wife and I stayed at the historic George Washington Hotel. Riding down the Valley on Lee-Jackson Highway (U.S. Route 11) has become somewhat of a tradition for us each year and we always enjoy the liesurely drive down the Valley Pike. This recent trip was no exception - we had a wonderful time.

In addition to our celebration, Winchester also hosted the annual Gathering of Eagles over the weekend. Though not planned, we were invited to attend their reception on Friday night. We did so and had a great time seeing old friends, as well as meeting some new ones.

The United Daughters of the Confederacy also presented some awards for historic preservation and military service on Saturday. Historian Stephen Lee Ritchie (pictured here) was on hand and addressed a gathering at Mount Hebron Cemetery. Ritchie is historian for the Civil War Institute at Shenandoah University, as well as a charter member of the Civil War Preservation Trust and a founding member of the Kernstown Battlefield Association.

See story here.

I'll try to post some more photos from the weekend's festivities later.


Michael Aubrecht said...

So glad to hear you were there with all the gang.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Michael. Yes, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We love the pedestrian mall in Old Winchester and the weather on Saturday was perfect. A great time! All of the merchants we chatted with were so grateful that these fellas did this as it was a great boost to traffic and business. A REAL stimulus plan!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your 29 years together. Winchester was where I watched my first CW re-enactment.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Anon.