Virginia Defense Force observes 40th birthday

RICHMOND, Va. — Members of the Virginia Defense Force observe the organization’s 40th birthday with a cake cutting May 4, 2024, in Richmond, Virginia. With roots going back to the Virginia Volunteers in World War I and the Virginia Protective Force and Virginia State Guard in World War II, the VDF was formally re-established April 18, 1984, and now serves as the all-volunteer reserve to the Virginia National Guard.

Read the Governor of Virginia proclamation recognizing the 40th birthday on the Governor of Virginia web site at and read more about the VDF at