The 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation will host a WWI Centennial Symposium at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, starting at 7:00 PM, NOVEMBER 10, 2017.

In conjunction with the annual muster of the 116th Infantry Regiment we will sponsor this symposium about events of World War I.  Scheduled participants are: Major General Timothy P. Williams, The Adjutant General of Virginia; CW4 Alexander F. Barnes (Ret) , Virginia National Guard Command Historian; Mr. William Walker, WWI lecturer, author, historian and educator; Dr. Edmund D. Potter, WWI historian; and BG Theodore G. Shuey, Jr. (Ret), author, former ADC 29th ID(L), and former Commander 116th Infantry Brigade. Included will be the airing of a new video about the 29th Division.

NO CHARGE TO ATTEND:  The event is open to the public as a sponsored historical education event. While admission is free donations are greatly appreciated and benefit the 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation, Inc. and its projects including the Stonewall Brigade Museum and support of the 116th Infantry Regiment “The Stonewall Brigade” (USARS).

Make your plans now and save the date – Saturday NOVEMBER 11, 2017 to participate in the Annual 116th Infantry Regiment 5K Race!!

In conjunction with the Annual Muster of the 116th Infantry Regiment, the Regiment will sponsor the Annual 116th Infantry Regiment 5K Race in Gypsy Hill Park. Race participants can register online, by mail, or in person, however those registering on the day of the event may not receive a race shirt. Participants will need to check in on the Armory Drill Floor prior to the start of the race.   Check In and Same Day registration at the Howie Memorial Armory, 101 116th Regimental Rd, Staunton, VA. no later than 8:45 AM. Race starts at 9:00 AM.

Click this link to register online.

Details of race are published at this link and you are able to download the race information letter.

Advance online or mail in registration is $35 per participant. On site Day of the Race registration is $40 per participant. Proceeds from the race go to support the 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation and the Stonewall Brigade Museum.

Our 2017 Tour will be take place September 27 – October 3.  We will include Normandy, Bayuex and Paris on this year’s itinerary. Click this link to view the 2017 France Tour Flier with details and important dates for this tour. Touring “Omaha Beach” and surrounding areas of interest of WWII is a trip you will want to include on your “bucket list” and this is a great way to check it off!


This is an update on the buildout of the new WWI Gallery expansion project as of 1730 hours today (Wednesday 22 FEB). Jimmy Kilbourne, Mike Harris & I worked today installing the drywall and anchoring the new walls. Jimmy had already constructed the studding for walls and today finished the electric wiring for receptacles in the walls.  Last week Rick Potter and I helped Jimmy install the long wall that he had constructed.

As of today we are actually slightly ahead of the scheduled calendar timeline and taping and first mud work will begin next week.

If you have not already downloaded the “calendar” please do so and see what days Jimmy needs help … let him know when you can help.(See the website Calendar Page for the work schedule ). Any help will be appreciated.

I am walking you around the new area in order from Entry point to Exit – i.e. Below photo shows where we will actually enter the Gallery from the corner of the existing the WWII area. A portal will be cut through in the area to the right of where the ladder is sitting. The wall to the left of the ladder as you look at it is where the steps to upstairs are.

   Wall behind the existing first area of WWII exhibits  Entry portal to the new gallery will be cut through near where ladder is sitting. Additional electric will be finished next week – outlets are in place. This wall is approximately 22/24 feet long.

   Wall in front of garage door (with dock) with doors to walkway between wall and garage door and steps to upstairs storage area. Electric has been run. The double door will allow for moving large exhibit pieces in and out of the gallery from the outside. This wall is approximately 26 feet long. The steps to upstairs storage / archiving area are behind and to the right of this wall.

   Wall against the metal roll up door (roll up door is behind it). The door goes into the extra storage area further back in the building. Drywall is up and electrical has been run. This wall is approximately 22/24 feet long.

   The wall in the new gallery running along the backside of the new archive room. This will be getting added support studding next week and then drywall. Electric has been run. This wall is approximately 26 feet long.

   (The rest of wall from preceding photo) Exit to the former Print Storage Area & new Archiving Room behind the second room of WWII Exhibits (Sproul, Peregoy & Howie area).

“Engineered wooden “I” beams” with catwalks will be run across entire gallery area and a dropped ceiling installed with can lights. This will allow us to make adjustments to the lighting, gallery exhibits and displays in the future. Then interior walls for the various exhibit sections will run perpendicular to the wall shown in the first photo and flow from the area where the ladder is, looping back and forth, and then exit through the door on the opposite side of the gallery looking toward the front of the museum (last photo above).

Jimmy has been working steadily on the project and we are on track but can certainly use help on the “HELP DAYS” shown on the attached calendar.

Lots has been and is going on with a lot more scheduled for the first week of March and throughout March … culminating the first 2 weeks of April.

If you know anyone who would like to make a tax deductible donation to our 116th Infantry Foundation the new WWI Gallery and museum upgrades would be an excellent opportunity fir them. Let our Treasurer, General Shuey, our ED  Jimmy Kilbourne or me know – we’d love to talk with them and/or arrange a tour.

EVER FORWARD!  Buddy Faulconer

Speakers Bureau of the Stonewall Brigade Museum

The speakers’ bureau of the Stonewall Brigade Museum offers a number of illustrated lectures and presentations dealing with the storied history of the 116th Infantry Regiment.

All lectures are free, pending scheduling in advance.

The Stonewall Brigade Museum houses a rare collection of artifacts and archival materials related to the U. S. Army and the 116th Infantry Regiment (29th Division). The Museum is located at 566 Lee Highway, Verona, VA 24482. Currently, the unique facility showcases 36 historical exhibitions and contains a rich collection of archival and education materials.

 The origins of the 116th Regiment may be traced back to the 1740s, when it was part of the Virginia Militia. Over time, the fabled unit saw action in the French and Indian Wars, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, two world wars, and has been deployed repeatedly in the global war on terrorism. In addition, the unit has a long record in the classic role of the National Guard as a first responder in support of emergencies as defined by the Governor of Virginia.

The 116th Infantry Regiment is tied historically to the Allied landings at Normandy in 1944. The regiment distinguished itself for heroism and sacrifice at Omaha Beach. The Normandy landing is a compelling story in terms of the regiment’s war experience, casualties, medals won, and key role in opening a path for the liberation of Nazi-occupied Europe.

For further information, please contact Von Hardesty ( or Craig Norman (

Stonewall Brigade Speakers Bureau

“I’m not afraid to die. But I fear that when us World War II veterans are gone, future generations of Americans will forget about how hard we fought and the sacrifices we made in order to stop Hitler’s Third Reich and the Japanese Empire from taking over the world so as to preserve our freedom. People tend to take such accomplishments by previous generations for granted.”

Jack Womer
WW II Veteran, 29th Division

Jack Womer D-Day Vet's Fear

Orby Hurley
WWII Veteran, 29th Division
Saint James Cemetery, France

US .30 Cal Model 1919A6 Machine Gun a WWII replica was added to our D-Day Exhibit in Jan 2014.

US .30 Cal Model 1919A6 Machine Gun a WWII replica was added to our D-Day Exhibit in Jan 2014.

France Monument. The 116th Foundation is working to provide a statue within the National Guard Memorial in France. The monument will recognize the D-Day sacrifice of the 116th Infantry, particularly Company A from Bedford, who opened this now famous Vierville Draw. Target date, 6 June 2014, the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. We are grateful for the assistance of our good friend, Monsieur Bernard Marie in this endeavor. We plan on the monument being very similar to the one as you enter the D-Day Memorial in Bedford. A foundry in Paris will be handling the creation of the bronze.

French Documentary of the 116th Infantry Regiment. A documentary on the 29th Division is being produced for release to public television for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The film will be done in English, French, and German Public Broadcast stations. The filming in the American Cemetery at Normandy took place on 17 July, the Sixty-ninth Anniversary of Major Thomas D. Howie’s wounding and death. View Preview on line.