Family, Faith & Country and Our Memories of Ft. Monroe
Ft. Monroe is a part of our special mental tapes of times past. Starting in 1935-39, my father was in the Coastal Artillery Corps @ VPI and their training was at Ft. Monroe. We stayed at the Chamberlain while waiting for housing in the 1950’s, returned for a second tour in the 1960’s. We would walk from St. Mary’s after school to CONARC to catch a ride home with Dad, Saturdays, we frequented the PX , the pool and movies for 25 cents.
My first dance was with the Army cadets & I was married at the Chapel of the Centurion. When my brother returned from Vietnam, he was stationed at Ft. Monroe. He, too, had a military wedding on base.
Upon return to Hampton in 1985, I introduced my children to music under the bandstand and the Christmas magic of Ft. Monroe. We live in Florida now, where the stars are bright but not as magical as the many stars at Ft. Monroe.