Contributions Sought for ‘Thank You’ Video

Fort Lee community members are invited to record a “thank you” video message for essential personnel, on- or off-post, who continue to serve in support of us all during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service they provide allows us to continue the mission of defending the nation.

Being as creative as you like, record a short video (up to 15 seconds) that captures your message of appreciation. Attach the video as a reply to the message highlighting the video project that has been posted to The best videos will be included in a compilation video that will be shared across Fort Lee and with our partners in the surrounding communities.

Anyone with questions about the project can contact Susan Garling at or 804-735-3463.


VWM Seeks Entries for Student Art Contest

The Virginia War Memorial is seeking submissions for its first Armed Forces Day Student Art Contest.

It is open to K-12 students enrolled in public/private schools or homeschooled in Virginia. Artwork should be submitted digitally where it will be judged by the public in four grade categories – K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The submission deadline is May 15. Entries will be posted in a special AFD gallery on the VWM website beginning May 16, and the public can go there and vote for their favorite through May 25. The contest theme is ‘home,’ and the artwork should address what that means in a community setting where families are serving their country.

To enter, visit For questions including prize details, contact Morgan Guyer at

Families Can Reserve 'Brat Patches'

In recognition of Month of the Military Child, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service is offering free iron-on “military brat” patches to Fort Lee community children, age 17 and younger.

The patches will not be physically distributed at this time due to COVID-19 social distancing safeguards, however, authorized exchange customers can reserve them by completing an online reservation form at  The deadline is April 30 or while supplies last. Up to five patches per military family can be reserved.

When local stay-at-home guidelines are lifted, shoppers will be notified their patches are ready for pickup.


Traveller to Recognize High School Grads

The Traveller is accepting submissions for a special presentation recognizing Team Lee’s high school graduates. A portion of the May 28 edition will be dedicated to them, serving as a well-deserved “moment in the spotlight” considering commencement ceremonies may not happen with COVID-19 prevention measures continuing for the foreseeable future.

Each graduate’s photo with their name, high school, and who their parents are and how they are connected to Fort Lee will be published. The submission deadline is May 15. Those who would like to participate should submit a current, copyright-free, head-and-shoulders photograph of the student. To ensure good print quality it needs to be in-focus, well-lit and an original off-the-camera image without reduction or resizing. Also provide the graduate’s full name; school and its location; parent’s name and rank or retired rank, as applicable; and a point of contact phone number for questions.

Send submissions to or  For questions, call 804-734-7147. If no answer due to staff telework, call the following duty day.

Library Holds Virtual Story Hour

The Fort Lee Community Library offers an online Story Hour for children. New video segments are added every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

The virtual stories are available for viewing anytime during the week. They feature Library Assistant Linda Flock reading and acting out characters in each book. The activity also includes story hour crafts and more.

To view the segments, visit