The Hampton Roads Militaria Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to assist collectors and historians in the collection & preservation of militaria of all sorts and periods, preserve and honor our military past, and honor the veterans of all our conflicts. To this end, we’ve had guest speakers address our members covering personal first hand experiences as diverse as US Glider operations, Italian WWII Submarine operations, the history of the German Iron Cross, the Resistance in WWII & being a POW of the Japanese. We also have member and guest presentations covering subjects ranging from the history of the US helmet, WWI Victory Medals, Japanese firearms, Samurai swords, USMC uniforms to US patches. We meet the 1st Tuesday of each month (Except July and August) at Classic Firearms, 1329 Harpers Road, Suite 102, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. Meetings start at 6:30 PM and the public is invited to attend. The HRMS helps sponsor the Virginia War Museum Militaria Show, the Militaria Road Show Appraisal Fair and organizes museum visits. The Society is available to help civic and veteran groups and membership is open to all. Annual dues are $15.00. Contact us at 425-2827 for details or questions.
Captain Vern Sawyer, an USAAF B-25 Bomber Pilot, speaks to the HRMS membership about his experiences fighting the Japanese in the Pacific during WWII.
HRMS member Adrian Winget gives rides in his German WWII Half-track at the HRMS co-sponsored Virginia War Museum Foundation Annual Militaria / Vehicle Show, circa 2010.
HRMS members, Jack Long, Mickey McDaniel, Ron Wolin and Rich Williams display some of their collection at the Virginia War Museum Militaria Show.
The Hampton Roads Militaria Society was formed in 1996, by founding fathers Dan Honken, Bill Tilton, Joe Hagerman and Bill Kennedy. Over the years we have had over one hundred members including world renown collectors, top militaria dealers and historians. The Society has co-sponsored over 12 militaria shows, three veteran events, published numerous newsletters and provided research assistance on many publications. During our monthly meetings, we welcome members, guests and visitors to bring in firearms, artifacts and collectables for identification and appraisal. We hope you will join us at a future meeting.
Calendar of Upcoming Events
November 6 - Topic: Battle of Okinawa Presenter: John Donahue
December 4 - Topic: Lee Enfield Rifles - Presenter: Paul Bracy
January 8 - Topic: U.S. in World War 1, Part 2 - Presenter: Jim Paschall
February 5 - Topic: Argentine Rifles and Pistols - Presenter: Nelson Voke
March 5 - Topic: AUCTION - Va War Museum Foundation fund raiser
Presenter: Classic Firearms and the HRMS
April 2 - Topic:Small Caliber Mortars of WW2 - Presenter: Doug McDougal
HRMS member and collector Vince Rausch gives a talk and displays the weapons of American firearms inventor James Paris Lee.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
For the Fallen by: Robert Laurence Binyon