Senior leaders from the Virginia National Guard, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation and state government gathered to celebrate the 408th birthday of the Virginia National Guard and the founding of the Jamestown colony with a cake cutting May 14, 2015, at Jamestown Settlement in Williamsburg, Va.
The Virginia National Guard traces the heritage and traditions of citizen-soldier service to the founding of the Jamestown colony more than 400 years ago when Capt. John Smith organized a militia to defend the colony. Since the colony’s founding May 14, 1607, there has not been a day since without a military presence in Virginia to defend freedom at home and overseas.
“We are delighted to host the Virginia National Guard to mark this special occasion for its birthday celebration today, which also marks the 408th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in 1607,” said Peter Armstrong, Senior Director of Museum Operations and Education. “Throughout the years, we have enjoyed sharing the Jamestown connection and legacy of the Virginia National Guard with the public during educational events and programs, and we look forward to our future partnership.”