Armed Forces Covenant

Schedule for the ceremony on February 15, 2016
11:45 am Covenant Ceremony Starts (music begins)
12:30 pm Colors Presented
12:35 pm National Anthem
12:40 pm Speakers
12:45 pm Covenant Signing Between Community and Armed Forces
1:00 pm - Covenant Documents move to Market Square for public signing
1:00 pm - George Washington Birthday Parade Begins
3:00 pm - Parade ends 

The Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance, and the City of Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee are pleased to co-host the Sixth Annual Armed Forces Community Covenant Event on Monday February 16th in Old Town Alexandria.  The Alliance has hosted five events since 2008; this is the fourth year it has co-hosted with the GW Celebration Committee and held the event as part of the George Washington Birthday Parade.

The event started as a United States Army Community Covenant Event, events which are held in communities around the nation to celebrate the partnership between local military Posts and their host communities and to welcome military families.  The first one, held at NOVA in Woodbridge in 2008, was so popular, that the Alliance Board voted to make this an annual event, and to broaden it to include all of the military services and their families, making it a unique such event.  

In 2012 the Alliance was invited by the City’s George Washington Birthday Committee to join forces and hold future events in Old Town Alexandria.  The event is now an integral part of the Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration and is held from in advance of the Parade, which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. every year.  The event is widely supported by the business community and includes displays from local businesses, chambers and educational organizations.

The event features patriotic music performed by the Marine Corps Base Band and the USO Show Troupe, includes brief presentations by local military leaders and community officials, and culminates in the signing of a Covenant document that pledges partnership and community support for local military and their families.

List of leaders who signed the 2013 Community Covenant
at Market Square, Alexandria, Virginia on February 18, 2013

Mayor William D. Euille
Congressman James P. Moran
John Taylor Chapman, City Council

Col. Greg Gadson, Commander, Ft. Belvoir
Col. David Maxwell, Commander, Marine Corps Base Quantico
CSM Chester Grelock, Ft. Belvoir
Commander David Varner, Naval Support Activity, Washington
Col. Patrick Warren, Military District of Washington
Col. Erik Goepner, Joint Base Andrews (USAF)
Bradley Provancha, Washington Headquarters Services

Keith Segerson, George Mason University/Mason Enterprise Center
Pete Kramer, Branch Highways
Nate Wilson, Chairman, Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance
Melissa Gieras, Branch Highways and Vice Chair, Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance
Miles Friedman, President, Quantico/Belvoir Regional Business Alliance
Joe Shumard, City of Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee
Tom Shaw, City of Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee
Peter Baldwin, West End Business Association
Dave Stinson, GEICO