CORRECTING THE RECORD: Where Was the Memorial Day Parade This Year?

FICTION: The Mayor’s Veterans Committee, which oversees Memorial Day planning, does not, and historically has not observed Memorial Day with a parade because it is a memorial rather than a celebration.​
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CALENDARMemorial Day ceremonies are traditionally held on the last Monday in May in Virginia Beach and across the United States. The holiday was established as an official federal holiday in 1971 to remember, honor and pay tribute to members of the armed forces who lost their lives in service to our country.

The annual ceremony in Virginia Beach is held, weather permitting, at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, located across​​ from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. For the past 30 years, the ceremony has been a solemn event that respectfully honors the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. This year’s event was marked by the laying of wreaths and remarks from NAS Oceana commanding officer Captain Chad Vincelette and Mayor Louis R. Jones.

Given the somber tone of the event and what it represents, the Mayor’s Veterans Committee has opted not to include a parade as part of the day’s events. Certainly, there are other events that choose to include a parade, such as the Sandbridge Civic League or the City of Porstmouth. Different groups choose to honor the occasion in their own way, and there’s nothing that says they can’t. 

Veterans Day is traditionally when a parade is held in Virginia Beach to honor and thank all veterans, be they living, deceased, currently serving or honorably discharged from the service. For this day, the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations partners with the City to plan the celebration.

For more information about the Mayor’s Veterans Committee and the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, please click here.​  

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