For the fourth 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 62 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 fourth year that Virginia Beach applied on behalf of the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations, which has run the annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony since 1970.
Priscilla Beede, event coordinator, said, “We are very pleased and honored to be recognized once again for our Veterans Day observance. Members of the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations work hard throughout the year to plan and implement this important ceremony and parade. It takes a lot of support and volunteers to make this event a success. We have a strong military community here in Hampton Roads that represents all branches of the Armed Services. We are very proud of our service men and women, and want to show our support for all veterans as we recognize the sacrifices they have made to guarantee our freedom.”
This year’s parade, co-Sponsored by the Marine Corps League, will be held Monday, Nov. 12, starting at 9 a.m., along Atlantic Avenue, beginning at 16th Street and ending in front of the Tidewater Veterans Memorial. The parade will include military units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines 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, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will participate, as well as several Tidewater municipal and veterans support organizations, including local 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.
For more information, contact Mike Maliniak, president of the HRCVO, at (757) 467-9017 or Al Tase, vice president, at (757) 636-9190.
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