Mayor’s Veterans Committee Announces the 25th Anniversary and the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Slated for Monday, May 27

Monday, May 13, 2013

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – May 13, 2013 – This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony marks the 25th anniversary of the dedication 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.  


As part of the opening ceremony, the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Honor Guard Unit-Rifle Team will provide a 21-Gun Salute followed by the Invocation given by chaplain, CDR Vinson Miller, USN, from Naval Air Station, Oceana.  The National Anthem and America the Beautiful will be performed by Ngoc Anh Vi of Virginia Beach.  Following opening remarks by the Honorable William D. Sessoms Jr., Mayor of Virginia Beach, COL 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.


This event is free and open to the public.  Military personnel, their families and all citizens are invited to participate. Citizens who would like to place an American flag (provided) around the base of the memorial are encouraged to arrive before the ceremony. The flags will remain in place for one week.  For more information, contact Floyd Gilbert at (757) 467-6435 or Barbara Morrison at (757) 572-2053.


The Tidewater Veterans Memorial stands in tribute to veterans of all wars and current military personnel.  Six years under design and construction, it was completed in 1988 and has received awards for design and public art.  The memorial is located on 19th Street across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The Veterans Memorial Park, dedicated to those service members who honorably served their country, is behind the memorial.


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