For more information about members of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department who have served or are serving in the U.S. military please visit our veteran’s page.
On this Memorial Day, please take time to reflect on the supreme sacrifices made by our armed forces in service to their country, especially Ensign Michael H. Korn, Private 1st Class Julius M. Vajda, and Staff Sergeant Hersal B. Cralle. These three men were members of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department.
Commemorating a century of service, the men and women of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department began with a tribute to all of our veteran members. On August 31, 2013, members and their families gathered for a trip to Arlington National Cemetery to honor all who have served and sacrificed, including some of our own who never returned to quarters. They also visited the graves of past members who have been laid to rest on America’s most hallowed grounds.
Throughout the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department’s nearly 100 years of service, we have been both privileged and blessed to have members that were not only committed to serving and protecting their community, but their country as well through military service. Some of our Charter Members have served as far back as the Spanish American War, while other members have served during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War or the current War on Terrorism. Other veteran members have served during peace time.
This Memorial Day, the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department takes time to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. We salute not only our veteran members, but all who have served, defended, and sacrificed for our country.
Ernie joined the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department in 1936 and served his department for more than seven decades, giving new meaning to the term “lifetime member.” He held many offices within the department including President from 1957 through 1962; and the office of Treasurer.
People who are drawn to serve and protect others often choose the do so in many different ways. Some choose to serve in the military, protecting our freedom, while some may serve as volunteer firefighters or emergency medical technicians, saving lives and protecting property from the ravages of fire. The Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department pays tribute to those individuals that have served in the military and serving our community as a member of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department.
These members of the Capitol Heights Volunteer Fire Department gave their lives in service to our country in WWII. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, was established by General John Logan in 1868 as a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. It should not be confused with the […]
On Tuesday, April 27, 2004 Washington area families welcomed their loved ones home at The Freedom Salute for Operation: Iraqi Freedom Ceremony at the D.C. Amory. Members of the 547th Transportation Company of the D.C. National Guard returned home from serving our country in Iraq for over a year.