Join Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr., and the Mayor’s Veterans Committee at the annual Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 27 at noon at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 1000 19th Street across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony marks the 25th anniversary of the completion of the Tidewater Veterans Memorial. This annual event is held to honor and pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces "who gave their all."
The formal ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 27 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial located along 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
Following opening remarks by the Honorable William D. Sessoms Jr., Mayor of Virginia Beach, Colonel Floyd Gilbert, U.S. Army (Retired), will introduce the keynote speaker, Admiral William E. “Bill” Gortney, Commander, United States Navy, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Admiral Gortney has been serving his country for more than 36 years.
After the formal ceremony and fly-over, a separate brief ceremony will take place, behind the Memorial, in the Veterans Memorial Park to recognize veterans whose names have been inscribed on brick pavers and added to the park since last fall.
The public is invited to attend. Citizens who would like to place an American flag (provided) around the base of the memorial, honoring a relative or friend, are encouraged to arrive prior to the commencement of the formal ceremony. The flags will remain in place for one week.
For additional information, please contact Floyd Gilbert at (757) 467-6435 or Barbara Morrison at (757) 572-2053.