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May 1, 2012 - Pictures of Monroe Birthday and Memorial Celebrations

Pictures are now available of the Birthday and Memorial Celebrations on April 28, 2012. Click Here for Birthday Celebration. Click Here for Grave Site Memorial.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 June 2012 16:06
April 29, 2012 - Dr. Henry Williams Salute to President Monroe Given on April 28, 2012


Dr. Henry Williams III, PHD


             “In this great nation there is but one order, that of the people, whose power, by a peculiarly happy improvement of the representative principle, is transferred from them, without impairing in the slightest degree their sovereignty, to bodies of their own creation, and to persons elected by themselves, in full extent necessary for the purposes of free, enlightened, and efficient government.”

 These eloquent and powerful words were spoken by our fifth President, James Monroe.  How prescient and eternal his message, a concept which continues to struggle for recognition in our time, a concept which tries man’s inclination to abuse power.  President Monroe was born on April 28th, 1758 to Spence Monroe and Elizabeth Jones in Westmorland County, one of five, in part of what became the First District of the Commonwealth of Virginia 254 years ago. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 02 September 2012 19:16
December 3, 2011 - G. Mark Walsh Speech About War of 1812

December 3, 2011, Norfolk, VA - G. Mark Walsh, JMMF National Advisory Board Member, spoke at a ceremony honoring Veterans of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 interred in the historic cemetery of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Virginia. Click Here For More...

April 21, 2012 - Governor McDonnell Declares April 28, 2012 to be James Monroe Day in Virginia

Click Here to read the Governor's proclamation that April 28, 2012 be recognized as James Monroe Day in the Commomwealth of Virginia.



Last Updated on Saturday, 21 April 2012 21:02
December 3, 2011 - Speech by G. Mark Walsh at Wreath Laying

     On Saturday, December 3 2011, the following speech was given at a ceremony honoring Veterans of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 interred in the historic cemetery of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Norfolk, Virginia, by JMMF National Advisory Board Member G. Mark Walsh:

     Event Sponsors…honored guests…Ladies and Gentlemen…The James Monroe Memorial Foundation is honored to lay a wreath here in the historic cemetery that is St. Paul’s Churchyard.  Although his remains are not here (they rest in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond), our Fifth President was himself a Veteran of the War of Independence.  He was Secretary of State during the second Madison Administration and in 1814, Secretary of War…so it is in his memory and in solidarity with the Veterans of the Revolution and War of 1812 interred in this historic cemetery that the Monroe Foundation is pleased and proud to be a participant in today’s ceremony.

G. Mark Walsh     It is worthy of note that the man who had been a member of the Continental Congress, a Virginia Senator, Governor of Virginia, and so much more before his Presidency was interested in this area.  It was in his capacity as Governor that he knew and worked with Brigadier General Thomas Mathews, also honored here today.  As Minister to England Monroe was concerned with the effects of the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair of 1807, and while Mathews worked on military preparedness for the Norfolk area, Monroe pressed for a diplomatic solution.  By the time of his return to Virginia as Governor in 1811, Monroe was convinced that a vigorous series of defense installations – what today we would call “Homeland Security” – was required and he and General Mathews continued to fortify Fort Norfolk and other area military facilities.  Further, Monroe was keenly aware of the strategic importance of this area throughout “America’s Second War of Independence.” 

     The lessons of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 were not lost on President Monroe.  He sought to implement his vision of coastal defense installations combined with interior military posts, for in developing the Doctrine that bears his name, he knew that telling the Old World to stay out of the New would have little effect without the resources required to back that resolve up. 

     In summary, let us consider the words of James Monroe himself, when he said: "Our country may be likened to a new house. We lack many things, but we possess the most precious of all - liberty!"…and let us never forget, nor our gratitude ever cease towards those who, like the Veterans of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 interred herein, sacrificed so much for our liberty.  Thank you.

Memorial Salute




The Memorial Salute to Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Veterans interred in the Churchyard at St. Paul’s, Norfolk VA.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 December 2011 03:27
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