VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — August 20, 2013 — For the fifth year in a row, the City of Virginia Beach has been selected as a designated regional site for the observance of Veterans Day by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Day National Committee. Virginia Beach was one of more than 64 designated sites nationwide, and the only site recognized in Virginia.
Each year, the Veterans Day National Committee reviews submissions from across the nation that represent fitting tributes to America’s heroes. This is the fifth year that Virginia Beach applied on behalf of the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations, which has hosted the annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony, on behalf of Southside Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach) since 1970.
Michael Maliniak, president of the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations (HRCVO) and event coordinator, said “We are both excited and humbled by the recognition afforded us by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Day National Committee. Our Veterans Day activities, especially the support provided by the many organizations that participate and assist with the events, are indicative of the great appreciation the Tidewater Community has for the sacrifices our Veterans have endured to guarantee our way of life.
This year’s parade, Co-Sponsored by the Fleet Reserve Association, will be held Monday, Nov. 11, starting at 9 a.m., along Atlantic Avenue, beginning at 16th Street and ending in front of the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 1000 19th Street. The parade will include military units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard that represent the 12 military installations across the region. Veterans from Pearl Harbor, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will participate, as well as several Tidewater municipal and veterans support organizations, including local high school bands and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
A formal ceremony that includes military, federal, state and local dignitaries will be held following the parade at 11 a.m. at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, located on 19th Street across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Immediately following the ceremony, a luncheon honoring Veterans is held at the nearby Double Tree Hotel.
For more information, contact Mike Maliniak, HRCVO president, at (757) 467-9017 or Al Tase, vice president, at (757) 636-9190.