Citizenship and Patriotism:

This committee fosters love of our country and pride in being an American citizen. They promote activities and partnerships with local Veterans’ Groups, schools, and community activities to make us more aware of our rights and responsibilities as Americans.


9-11 Ceremony

On Saturday 9/11/2021, at the Gloucester DAV Chapter, Abingdon Ruritan members participated in the Wreath Laying Ceremony to remember the victims, the families, and survivors dealing with loss, recognizing the lasting consequences of 9/11 on individual lives. Activities included a wreath laying, flag raising, Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and playing of Taps.




Caring For Our Soldiers

Abingdon Ruritan’s chairman Don Sciria of the Citizenship & Patriotism Committee, donated items (from Gloucester Walmart and Ruritan members) to the Army Community Center, that will be available to single Soldiers and Soldiers with families, when they arrive at Fort Eustis. Soldiers can use the items after arriving at their new duty station or when they are getting ready to leave to change to a new duty station.

Ms. Liezel Bambao who’s the ACS manager thanked the Abingdon Ruritan for all the club’s donations on behalf of the Army Community Center and all the Soldiers and Soldiers with families who will use the donated items in the future.



Various school supplies were also donated to the Army Community Center at Fort Eustis;
The supplies will be distributed to the children of young military families from JBLE (Joint Base Langley/Fort Eustis) community.

Pictured:Peter Lamberti (ACS Team Lead), Don Sciria (ARC Member) and PVT Gracie Striggs from the 689 RPOE.

The ACS Work/Life Consultant, Roger Bullis and Community Readiness Consultant, Danna Cloy thanked the ARC for all the great school supply donations. They will be very much needed and appreciated for the upcoming school year.


Memorial Day 2021 – Honor and Remember

Members of the ARC participated in the American Legion Post 75 Wreath Laying Ceremony. From left back row: Allen Scales, David Kyle, Frank Gillerlain, Rick Scott, Regina Scott, Eva Tillage, Janet Kyle, and Dick Beasley. Front row from left: Yvonne Scales, Julianna Woolley, President David Onesty, Lynn Onesty, Kenny Richardson, and Dianne Woolley.
President David Onesty presents the ARC Wreath during the American Legion Post 75 Memorial Day Ceremony.

ARC members show support during the ninth annual Virginia Run for the Fallen which came through Gloucester County April 28th, 2021. The runners honor the brave men and women who gave their lives for their country.

Four Chaplains Ceremony

ARC Members participate in the Four Chaplains Ceremony at the American Legion Post 75 in February 2020.

Veterans Day 2020 Ceremony

The ARC participates in the Veterans Day wreath laying ceremony.

ARC Members visit the local US Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis

ARC members also assist with the annual Wreaths Across America project by placing and removing wreaths at the Hampton Veterans Cemetary.

ARC Members participate in the POW Ceremony at American Legion Post 75 in Sept 2020.

This committee also is continuing a drive begun in previous years to collect patient care items for the VA Hospital.  It continues a Flag Watch program to ensure that the flags in front of our building are handled with respect and that they are raised and lowered to half staff as directed by the President. It also maintains a drop-off receptacle for American Flags that need to be honorably disposed.

This committee also sponsors a Random Acts of Kindness drive among club members, and it invites everyone everywhere to participate!