Lynchburg, VA - This year was all about the people and several big names made a stop in Central Virginia.
The year 2012 began with a story that captured hearts across the world. Jessica Buchanan, 32, who once lived in Bedford County, was captured and held hostage in Somalia by pirates.
In January, Navy SEALS rescued her.
At the end of May the man behind the Bedford D-Day Memorial died at age 87.
Bob Slaughter was one of many who led the charge onto the beaches of Normandy.
In his later years, friends say Slaughter loved teaching.
"Bob would go to a lot of schools and he would talk to them about his experiences on D-Day to let the young people realize what it cost to keep this country together," said Bill Kenny.
In July, Lynchburg elected a new mayor.
Council voted 4 to 2 to elect Councilman Mike Gillette to take the leadership role.
Former Mayor Joan Foster, Mike Gillette, Randy Nelson and Ceasor Johnson all voted for him.
He supported me in the past so I figured I should support him. It was only the right thing to do," said Foster.
A lot of celebrities came to Central Virginia in 2012.
Donald Trump spoke at Liberty University's convocation in September.
"You've got to love what you do. Because if you love what you work harder. But, it's not work. I love what I do," Donald Trump said.
His visit was followed by the man credited for winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
In October, the 14th Dalai Lama came to Charlottesville to spread his message of compassion and peace. He spoke to a crowd of more than 3800 people.
"In order to get maximum benefits to yourself, you must take care of more people, then you get better future," he said.