(WSLS 10) - President Obama will make a stop at Fort Lee in Petersburg today. He will greet service members and thank them for their service. While there, he will tape a Town Hall meeting focusing on national security, foreign policy and veterans issues. According to the Fort Lee Traveller historians have not found evidence of any sitting president visit making this visit of even greater historic significance. He will fly into Richmond for the visit.
About three months ago Rainelle, West Virginia was devastated by flooding. Many people responded to the devastation and served the people during the time of emergency. There is no longer a state of emergency but many people are still without basic essentials. Impact Roanoke, a community service project of New Hope Christian Church is accepting donations.. Including all working appliances and gently used furniture from 5-7pm. You can drop off donations at the Church on Welcome Valley Road.
Liberty University is trying to break a record for the most blood collected in one day. There is an American Red Cross blood drive from 12 to 7pm in the LaHaye Student Union. The goal is to have the largest one day blood drive in Virginia to honor the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shootings in Orlando this year. They say shootings can happen anywhere and it's the blood already on the shelves that make the difference. The American Red Cross has dedicated the entire staff of the Appalachian Region to accomplish this goal pulling all staff from Lynchburg, Roanoke and West Virginia. This is the only blood drive taking place in the Appalachian Region today. The Red Cross says the largest single blood drive to date is 275 units.
A new group home celebrates opening with a ribbon cutting. Wall Residences in Floyd will support individuals with significant needs.
Join Local Colors for a movie night in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America is a documentary showing how the U.S. economic and military interests played a role in triggering migration transforming our nation's cultural and economic landscape. It starts at 7:15 p.m. At the Grandin Theatre followed by a panel discussion. The event is free.
Veterans of the 95TH Infantry Division, The Iron Men of Metz, part of Patton's Third Army, will be in Roanoke, starting today for its 67TH Reunion. Its soldiers received this nickname from the German Commanding General in charge of the defenses of Metz, France. The group selected Roanoke and the surrounding area for its Reunion, in part to visit the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford and to honor both the men of the Division and those who broke through the Atlantic Wall with the dedication of a tree on the grounds of the Memorial. At least 14 of its WWII Veterans will be in attendance.