U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell to Deliver Keynote Address at Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The 2011 Memorial Day Ceremony  to honor men and women of the armed forces "who gave their all" will be celebrated as the Virginia Beach Mayor's Veterans Committee commemorates Memorial Day in Virginia Beach. The formal ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial on 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.


Following opening remarks by Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr., Army Col. Floyd Gilbert will introduce the keynote speaker, U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia’s Second District.


The Laying of Wreaths will follow. Veterans, fraternal and auxiliary organizations are encouraged to participate by bringing and laying wreaths in memory of veterans, or in honor of current or former members of the armed forces. A flyover featuring military and World War II aircraft will follow, weather permitting.


Two brief ceremonies will then take place. The first will be an unveiling and dedication of the newly engraved wall for the William L. “Billy” Myers Sr. Veteran’s Memorial Park. The second will be 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.


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.


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.