City Raises American Flags to Commemorate Afghanistan Tragedy and Military Sacrifices

Citizens, businesses are encouraged to fly their own American flags

Thursday, August 11, 2011

In tribute to the servicemen recently killed in Afghanistan, and the daily sacrifices of all members of the military, the City of Virginia Beach will raise 60 flags along the boardwalk at the oceanfront this weekend.  They will be in place by the end of the day Sunday, August 14 and will remain in place until sundown on Monday, Sept. 5.  All flags will be flown at full mast.


The city also encourages citizens and businesses to raise their own American flags to honor not only the loss Virginia Beach has suffered, but also to thank all those in the military and their families.” 


 “Our entire community grieves for the victims and their families,” said Mayor Will Sessoms.  “We want to reassure them that they are not alone, and honor all servicemembers for their bravery and sacrifice.”


To donate $10 to the Navy SEAL Foundation, citizens with mobile phones can text “SEAL” to 90999.  The money will be used to assist the families of the SEALs killed in Afghanistan last weekend.  Visit or for more information.