Darke County Veterans Return From Washington DC Trip

We want to thank everyone in the county who supported the trip to Washington DC this year ... Tom Pitman

Darke County Veterans Services 2023 Washington DC trip. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – Darke County Veterans Services returned early Monday morning from its annual four-day Washington DC trip for Darke County Veterans and spouses.

“We want to thank everyone in the county who supported the trip to Washington DC this year, and all the businesses who donated to allow the Veterans to go to DC and see the monuments erected in their honor,” said DCVS Director/CVSO Veterans Service Officer, Tom Pitman.

Monuments and sights the group spent time viewing included: Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA); Air Force Memorial (Arlington, VA); Air and Space Museum (Chantilly, VA); Museum of the United States Marine Corps (Triangle, VA): National Museum of the United States Army (Fort Belvoir, VA); United States Navy Memorial (Washington DC) and WWII Memorial, Korean Memorial Vietnam Wall Memorial located in Washington DC.

Also included in the four-day trip were visits to the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial (Flight 77) (Arlington, VA) and the Lincoln Memorial with everyone taking the 500ft elevator ride to the top of the monument for a panoramic view of our Nation’s Capitol.

On the return trip home the group visited the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum in Gettysburg, PA and Flight 93 National Memorial located in Stoystown, PA.

Each day the group enjoyed meals at popular eating establishments in the DC area including Ledo Pizza, Five Guys, and Hard Rock Café.

Var Gehron, Veterans Service Officer; Cindy Bruner, Administrative Assistant and DCVS Commissioners Gaylen Blosser and Jim Kammer hosted the trip along with Pitman.

“As always it was a great trip,” Pitman stated. “We had a great group of people and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip.”