The First Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line fires its canon at George Washington's Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria, Monday. The regiment is a recreated infantry unit portraying the private soldier during American War for Independence. 

Presidents Day celebrated the 287th birthday of Gen. George Washington (his actual birthday is Feb. 22), the military leader who not only repelled British forces, but also stood up to assume a new role in the young republic: becoming president, serving a specified amount of time, then relinquishing power and leaving with an orderly, planned departure. His achievements were celebrated Monday, as the 40-year tradition of a George Washington Parade marched through Old Town Alexandria. 

A newer tradition was also observed Monday. For the past decade, The Quantico Belvoir Regional Business Alliance has coordinated a community partnership between the two military installations and the cities of Alexandria, Fredericksburg and Springfield, as well as Prince William, Fauquier and Stafford counties. This covenant recognizes that men and women in uniform – past and present, and their families, enhance the communities where they live. 

The covenant pledges to: 

  • Create and encourage a strong relationship between the communities and the military and former military personnel and families who live and work there. 
  • Educate everyone of the value and strength of having Service members, active and retired, and their families, living in their communities. 
  • Assist community leaders in developing programs in support of our military, former military and their families. 
  • Support and promote the principles of this community covenant in any way. 

Col. Michael Greenberg, Fort Belvoir Garrison commander, was on hand with Command Sgt. Maj. Corey Perry, to sign the pledge and urge that collaborations continue between all parties. Also participating was Col. William Bentley III, Marine Corps Base Quantico commander, and Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson. 

After the covenant was signed, families gathered along the streets of Old Town Alexandria to take part in the 43rd annual Washington’s Birthday Parade.