On the road to Visegrád

On the road to Visegrád

A Muslim man takes a break alongside a road in Medjedja, Bosnia. The man was traveling with several hundred other Muslims to the town of Visegrád to witness a ceremony in which 3,000 roses are thrown into the Drina River from the Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge. The bridge was the site of much brutality during the Bosnian War. Many Muslim civilians were executed there and their bodies thrown unceremoniously into the river below. The Roses represent the 3,000 genocide victims who were from the Visegrád region.

Men of the 359th

Men of the 359th

Foreground from left: Bob Blackstone, Ron Kendall, Ron Mallory and Tom Throne, who served with the 359th Transportation Company in Vietnam, are overcome on a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. The men came to the region to mark the 50th anniversary of the reactivation of the 359th.

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Prayer

Pastor Tracy Lunceford holds his hand high in prayer during the 65th Annual National Day of Prayer observance at First Christian Church in Fredericksburg, Va on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Members of First Christian and Ferry Farm Baptist Church joined together in praying for the U.S.'s  leaders, its military, and its families.

BLM Protest

BLM Protest

Philomena Wankenge waves a tattered Confederate flag as she leads a group of approximately 20 people during a Black Lives Matter protested in Stafford County along the road that is named after the president of the Confederacy. 

BLM Protest

BLM Protest

A group of men stopped on Courthouse Road at the Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford verbally confront a group of Black Lives Matter protestors who were demonstrating in front of the Stafford County Government Complex.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Fort Belvoir firefighters Jerry Jett (left) and Jon Card salute the graves of three Union soldiers of the 15th Regiment New Jersey Volunteer Infantry during a Memorial Day tribute at the White Oak Primitive Church cemetery. The graves were left mostly untended before Card, a Civil War buff and New Jersey native, discovered them after a visit to the White Oak Civil War Museum across the street from the cemetery. Since then, he has devoted his own time to looking after the graves and researching the men buried there.

David Bell

David Bell

Local tattoo artist David Bell appeared in the fourth season of the tattoo reality competition "Ink Master" on Spike TV. 

Jason & Axel

Jason & Axel

Retired Marine Captain Jason Haag and his service dog, Axel. The non-profit K9s for Warriors paired Axel with Haag to help the combat veteran who served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan deal with the traumatic effects of PTSD and a TBI. Haag attributes Axel with saving his life and the duo have traveled the country telling their story through speaking engagements and television interviews all in an effort to promote the work of service dogs in helping wounded veterans.

Citizens

Citizens

Fifty people representing 33 countries swore their allegiance to the United States during a naturalization ceremony at Chatham Manor on June 25, 2016 in Fredericksburg, Va.

Justin Eaton

Justin Eaton

After reading about five-year-old Justin Eaton's need for a $28,000 bed in The Free Lance-Star, members of the community and local businesses rallied. Diagnosed at age four with a gene mutation called CDG, of which there are only 800 known cases worldwide, he cannot speak or comprehend commands like “no” and “danger.” People donated money and a business offered an at-cost price for the bed. The peace of mind it brings is priceless. The bed keeps him safe at night allowing the rest of the family to sleep in peace.

Snowman

Snowman

Snow cakes the face and beard of Fredericksburg, Va jogger Chris Badolato. Despite the cold and steady snowfall, the co-manager of Va Runner was hoping to get in a little over 12 miles in before he called it a day. 

Janet Harris

Janet Harris

Janet Harris raises cattle at Aspen Grove Farm in King George, Va. The farm has been in her family for five generations. As of 2012, it's estimated that 14% of the farms in the U.S. are run by women.

Grieving for Heather

Grieving for Heather

Stacy Ciccone (left) is embraced by family friend Renee Sterling after a balloon release honoring Ciccone's youngest daughter's 22nd birthday. Heather Ciccone was found shot to death in her car in December of 2015.

Neighbors

Neighbors

Retiree Aurelia Luton (second from left) , Christian Marcum,9,  and Christian's father, Marty Marcum (right) watch firefighters battling a blaze that engulfed Luton's and Marcum's connected townhomes in Spotsylvania, Va. 

End game

End game

Lineman Pete Seftas is comforted by a teammate after James Monroe lost the Group 3A State Semifinal to Magna Vista 41-38.

Ballers

Ballers

Mountain View High School's Megan Baltzell (left) and Courtland High School's Courtland catcher Jonathan Haught were honored for their athletic efforts by The Free Lance-Star in 2011. 

Soldier boys

Soldier boys

Brothers Zachary (left), 12, and Devon, 8, of Chester, Va standby to take the field during the  first-ever “Be a Wilderness Soldier!” program at Widow Tapp Field in the Wilderness Battlefield Park in Spotsylvania, Va.

4th of July

4th of July

A group of children light up sparklers during a Fourth of July celebration in Fenwick Island, De. 

Happy birthday

Happy birthday

Ronald McDonald performs a magic trick for Tom Littleton, his wife, Mary, and his 9-year-old son, Hayden, at the McDonald’s on Garrisonville Road in North Stafford during Tom’s surprise 50th birthday party. The retired Air Force pilot and self-proclaimed McDonald's fanatic had always dreamed of having a birthday party at the fast food restaurant since he was a young boy who grew up poor. For his 50th birthday and first birthday party ever, Mary organized a surprise party at Littleton's favorite McDonald's location in Stafford, Va. 
 

Frank Cohn

Frank Cohn

Guest speaker Frank Cohn takes a group "selfie" with seventh and eighth graders at A.G. Wright Middle School in Stafford, Va. Cohn was at the school to speak to the students about his experiences a young Jewish boy growing up in Nazi Germany.

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve

Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve

The clouds over Pululahua as seen from a rooftop in Quito, Ecuador reflect the color of the setting sun. Pululahua is the only protected area of the country under the category of “Geobotanical Reserve." Pululahua is a Quichua word that means “cloud of water” or fog.