Lt. Colonel Mike Strobl
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Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl

On Sunday, May 24 2015. ParadeRest's Paramount Memorial Day Event featured the film, Taking Chance. Immediately following the movie, a question and answer session was held with Lieutenant Colonel Mike Strobl, whose experiences formed the basis of the story for the film. 

Strobl served in the United States Marine Corps from 1983-2007.  He was commissioned a second lieutenant in December of 1987 and served around the world in various duties as a field artilleryman. Strobl served in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait as an artillery platoon commander during Desert Strom. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2007 and accepted a position in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Taking Chance depicts Strobl’s real-life experience as he escorted the remains of fallen Marine LCpl Chance Phelps to Phelps’ home in Dubois, Wyoming for final burial.  LCpl Phelps was killed in action outside Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

 Kevin Bacon plays Strobl in Taking Chance. The HBO film was nominated for two Golden Globe awards and ten Emmy awards including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Mini-Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special. Strobl and his co-author, Ross Katz, won the 2009 Humanitas Award for their screenplay and the 2010 Writers Guild of America award for best adapted screenplay for a television movie.

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Gary Sinise


On 5/25/12 ParadeRest saluted and honored Gary Sinise at the Paramount Theater for the work he and his band do for our military.  Gary Sinise is often recognized as “Lieutenant Dan,” the character he portrayed in the 1994 film Forrest Gump. Performing on the stage with his band of the same name, Sinise has brought together a talented ensemble of musicians and they have found their audience with military personnel at home and overseas throughout many USO tours. This special performance will support ParadeRest, a non-profit that connects donated entertainment, arts and sporting event tickets to local military service members and their families.

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Mortimer Caplin

Mortimer Maxwell Caplin

During the last two centuries, the University of Virginia has produced many war heroes, but no short list would be complete without the name of Mortimer Maxwell Caplin an American lawyer and educator.  Honored by ParadeRest at its 2014 Memorial Sunday Paramount event for his extraordinary service during the Normandy invasion where he served as U.S. Navy beachmaster on Omaha Beach.  Among his many awards, Mr Caplin received the French Legion of Honor.

A star athlete while at the University of Virginia, Mr. Caplin holds a B.S. degree, where he is also a member of the school's Raven Society. He is distinguished graduate of the UVa School of Law, where he earned his LL.B. degree. 

First in his class at the University of Virginia School of Law, and Editor-in-Chief of Virginia Law Review.  He practiced law in New York City until 1950. In 1950, Caplin returned to UVA as professor of law, and published extensively. 

Having surpassed his 100th birthday, he remains active in his law practice at Caplin & Drysdale, and continues to inspire those fortunate enough to meet and know him.

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Chuck and Lynda Robb

The Honorable Chuck and Lynda Robb

Chuck and Lynda Robb were honored for both his military service as a Marine in Vietnam in 1968 and their public service as Virginia governor and US Senator, as well as early childhood education. Lynda was a Founding Member of the Reading isFundamental (RIF) Program, and the evidence-based program, Read for Success, helps children improve reading proficiency and combat summer learning loss – a contributing factor to the achievement gap. 

Former residents of Charlottesville while Chuck was attending law school at the University of Virginia, their presence with us on Memorial Day Sunday 2016 marked forty years since they spoke at the inauguration of the Charlottesville downtown mall, on July 3, 1976. It was very fitting that they were welcomed back at the Paramount Theater on the same and now

Because ParadeRest is about military members and their families, it was especially meaningful to honor Chuck and Lynda’s record of service to the military, a commitment that continues to this day. 

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Lt. Col. Martin Burks

Lt. Col. Martin Burks (ret.)

Martin Burks is a retired U.S. Army officer.  He operates one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the area, J.F. Bell Funeral Home. Mr. Burks was has been honored with a ParadeRest annual award in 2013, and also has been honored in 2011 with the prestigious Paul Goodloe McIntire Citizenship Award for his “passionate, quiet service” to the community.  This award recognizes area citizens whose good will sets a standard of service “while helping to weave a fabric of selflessness” to provide for the community.

A Charlottesville native, Burks served in the U.S. Army for 20 years.  He retired as a lieutenant colonel. He graduated from Lane High School earned degrees from the University of Richmond,  Central Michigan University and and from John Tyler College.

Burks has served our community in many ways, including a position on the Paramount Theater Board of Directors, the University of Virginia 20/20 Advisory Board; University of Virginia Community Advisory Board; and Jefferson School Partners.  He chaired the Jefferson School Foundation board.

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LT GEN Edward L. Rowny

US Ambassador and LT GEN Edward L. Rowny (ret.)

... Has been a staunch supporter of ParadeRestsince its creation in central Virginia in 2009.   A 1941 graduate of West Point, General Rowny is a highly decorated veteran of WWII, Korea where he was a chief architect of the Inchon landing, and Vietnam.  He served as a senior advisor to Generals George C. Marshall and Douglas MacArthur. His most important contribution was in the cold war, where he served as Ambassador and Chief Arms Control Negotiator to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan and George H.W. Bush.  We salute General Rowny, a frequent guest of ParadeRestin Charlottesville, and wish him well as he approaches his 100th birthday.

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