FORT LEE, Va. — Media representatives are invited to cover the Fort Lee Butterfly Release, an annual remembrance event in which Gold Star Families honor fallen loved ones, set for May 25 at the Memorial Garden.

WHAT: Gold Star Family Butterfly Release

WHEN: 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 25

WHERE: Army Community Service Memorial Garden, 1231 Mahone Ave.

Installation leaders will join Gold Star Families and supporters at the event. Following remarks by the featured speaker, the honored guests will each release a butterfly in tribute to their departed service member. A Gold Star Family is the immediate spouse, child, mom, dad or sibling of a fallen service member who died while serving their country in uniform.

Fort Lee’s Survivor Outreach Program hosts the event that traditionally takes place just ahead of the nation’s Memorial Day observance.

Media planning to attend must contact Jefferson Wolfe by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 to coordinate an escort to the event site. Call (804) 734-6965 or 400-7273 or email


Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army logistics professionals. The installation supports more than 90,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, family members and civilian employees in the local area. Fort Lee has a regional economic impact of about $2.25 billion per year. Major organizations on the installation include the Combined Arms Support Command, Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School, U.S. Army Transportation School, Defense Commissary Agency and Defense Contract Management Agency.

Fort Lee Public Affairs Office | 804.734.7451 |