American Legion, VFW join forces for Memorial Day ceremony Monday

Dyess delivers the keynote address while Howard Gregory of the American Legion and Donna Fore of the VFW sit on the platform listening to the speech.

Maj. Gen. Robert M. Dyess Jr., the keynote speaker at Monday’s Memorial Day Ceremony at American Legion Post 104, is retired from a 36-year career in the U.S. Army.

He grew up in Appomattox and graduated from Appomattox County High School in 1978. He also graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned master’s degrees from Virginia Tech (systems engineering) and the United States Air University (strategic studies; Maxwell AFB, Alabama).

According to the American Legion’s notes, “In his distinguished military career, Dyess held command and staff positions all over the world, including combat service during Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. He retired from the military in 2018 and is currently the vice president of Northrop Grumman Customer Relations for the United States Army and Missile Defense. He is on the board of directors for the Virginia War Memorial Foundation and the Marshall Legacy Institute and resides in Northern Virginia with his wife, Sharon, and daughter, Marilyn.”

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