On Saturday morning, November 2, 2019, the Colonel William Grayson Chapter, along with participants from the Elizabeth McIntosh Hamilton Chapter, DAR, the Colonel William Grayson Society, C.A.R. and the Fairfax Resolves Chapter, marched in the 11th annual Northern Virginia Veterans parade through Old Town Manassas, a parade honoring all veterans and their families. The Colonel William Grayson Chapter was also a parade sponsor, as they have been for the last several years.
There were 70 units marching in the parade, including many veterans groups, JROTC units from the area, and local school bands.
The 2019 Parade was dedicated to Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy, U.S. Navy, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for action in the remote mountains of Afghanistan in pursuit of a Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah.
On June 28, 2005, three of four SEALs on the ground (Murphy, Dietz, Axelson) were killed during combat operations in support of Operation Red Wing. On the same day, a QRF of eight Navy SEALs and 8 Army Night Stalkers were also killed when the MH-47 helicopter that they were aboard was shot down by enemy fire in the vicinity of Asadabad, Afghanistan in Kumar Province.
That action and the story of Lieutenant Murphy were told by Marcus Luttrell, the only survivor of that action, in his book Lone Survivor, which was the basis for the 2013 movie of the same name. Submitted by Mike Weyler.
L-R: Kevin Schwoerer, Barry Schwoerer, Mike Weyler, Leamon Duncan, Mike Taimi, Dave Button, Dave Cook