Honoring Veterans

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Northern Virginia Veterans Parade

Veterans Day Parade
Give honor where honor is due. Nov. 5, 2022 marks the 13th annual Northern Virginia Veterans Parade from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. This year the parade salutes two local heroes as grand marshals: retired U.S. Army Colonel Ulysses Xerxes “Xerk” White (see more on Col. White below) and World War II Nurse Elizabeth Lewis. Dedicated to honor America’s military and their families, this parade pays tribute to veterans’ services and inspires patriotic awareness.
The parade route begins at the intersection of Prescott Ave. and Quarry Rd., follows Prescott onto Center St., and continues to the reviewing stand at Harris Pavilion. Click here for parking info.
Join others in honoring and showing appreciation to all veterans — past, present, and future — for their sacrifices in defending America’s democracy and freedom.

Manassas Museum (Manassas Veterans Memorial)

Manassas Veterans Memorial

Keeper of relics. Preserver of stories. That’s what the Manassas Museum is.
While the museum building is closed until 2023 due to renovations, people can still visit the Manassas Veterans Memorial, which is on museum property.
Topped with a soaring eagle perched on a marble base, this memorial was dedicated Memorial Day, May 31, 2004. The base includes quotes and inscriptions on all four sides with a front inscription that reads: “Manassas Veterans Memorial Dedicated in Honor and in Memory of Those Who Served, Those Who Fought, and Those Who Fell. Freedom is Not Free.”
Though the museum is closed, programming is still going on; to learn about programs and tours at City properties, click HEREEchoes, the Manassas Museum Store, is temporarily housed inside the Manassas Railway Depot directly across from the museum.
The Manassas Museum is located at 9101 Prince William St. and the Manassas Veterans Memorial is on Main St. near the parking lot of the museum’s entrance (at bottom of the hill). Click here to read more about Manassas Veterans Memorial.

Hints of History

He made history.
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Col. Ulysses X. “Xerk” White with wife Mary White

His name is Ulysses Xerxes “Xerk” White. Now retired, he served the country for 30 years as a U.S. Army Colonel. With the support of his wife, Mary Elizabeth Wilson White (1930-2016), he became the first African American elected to Manassas City Council. He served two terms 1990-1994 and 1996-2000 on the Republican ticket. The black-and-white photo of him and his wife is dated October 1984 and is from the Manassas Museum online collection.
During Col. White’s distinguished military career, the family travelled to several foreign countries. They spent six years in Germany and three years in the Far East, including being stationed in 1964 in the Republic of China (Taiwan). Thirty years later in 1994, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Col. White to the Commonwealth Transportation Board, and in 1995, to the Board of Historic Resources.

Col. Ulysses X. “Xerk” White

Col. White also served as chairman of the NOVA chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), a civil rights organization formed in 1909.
The City of Manassas salutes Col. White for his dedicated service to the nation — and to our local community.
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