Join the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations as they pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and protected our country and fought for our freedom.
This year’s Veterans Day activities kick off Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 with a parade beginning at 9 a.m. at 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue, and ending at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial at 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The city of Virginia Beach has been hosting the Veterans Day parade since 1970, and the event is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations and Co-sponsored this year by the Fleet Reserve Association.
Parade lineup includes:
• This year’s Grand Marshal CAPT Manual A. Hipol, MC, USNR (Ret.), and Co-Marshal, CAPT Kenneth Golden, USN (Ret.).
• Marching bands from the U. S. Army, U.S. Navy and local area high school and middle school bands.
• Representatives from various Veterans organizations including the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Fleet Reserve Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
• Honor guards from the Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Police and Sheriffs’ Departments, and Virginia Beach Fire Department.
• Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops from across the area, drill teams and more.
Following the parade, a formal ceremony will be held at approximately 11 a.m. at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial.
The Veterans Day Proclamation will be read by the Honorable William D. Sessoms, Jr., Mayor of Virginia Beach with special guest remarks by the Captain Manuel A. Hipol, MC, USN (Ret.), Past President of the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations and this year’s Grand Marshal.
Following the ceremony, there will be a dedication at the William L. “Bill” Myers Veterans Memorial Park honoring veterans whose names were engraved on memorial pavers in the last year. Immediately following, a luncheon honoring veterans will be held at the Double Tree Hotel across from the Convention Center (Cost: $21/person).
For five consecutive years, the City of Virginia Beach has been selected as a designated Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day by the Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Day National Committee selected the City of Virginia Beach as one of 55 designated sites nationwide that serve as a model for community events in honor of our Nation’s Veterans.
The Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations and this year’s parade co-sponsor, the Fleet Reserve Association, along with the Mayors of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, cordially invite the public to this event.
For more information, contact Mike Maliniak, president of the HRCVO, at (757) 467-9017 or Al Tase, Vice President, HRCVO at (757) 636-9190.