Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens Slated as Keynote Speaker for Memorial Day Ceremony

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — April 28, 2015 —The Virginia Beach Mayor’s Veterans Committee is pleased to announce that Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens will be this year’s keynote speaker for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony, to be held Monday, May 25, at noon at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 1000 19th St. across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) is the senior enlisted person in the Navy and serves as an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and to the Chief of Naval Personnel.

Stevens’ academic achievements include an associate’s degree in administrative management studies; Senior Enlisted Professional Military Education; Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education; Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government “Leadership in Crisis” program; and the National Defense University Keystone course. He is an honor graduate and the recipient of the prestigious Peter Tomich Award for exceptional military excellence from the Senior Enlisted Academy.  Stevens became the 13th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy on Sept. 28, 2012.

This annual event, hosted by the Mayor’s Veterans Committee, is held to honor and pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces who perished while serving our country and protecting our freedom. COL Floyd Gilbert, U.S. Army (Retired), will emcee the ceremony with opening remarks provided by the Honorable William D. Sessoms Jr., Mayor of Virginia Beach.

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, Charlie Montgomery, president of the Mayor’s Veterans Committee, will give special acknowledgment to those who served. In addition, the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Honor Guard Unit-Rifle Team will provide a 21-rifle salute and Chaplain and LCDR Victoria A. Chappell, CHC, USN, from Naval Air Station, Oceana, will offer the invocation.  Salem High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will present colors, the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band will perform throughout the ceremony, and vocalist Mary Ann Rayment will perform the National Anthem and God Bless America. At the conclusion of the formal service, 1 p.m., there will be a flyover of the magnificent “Warbirds” provided by the Military Aviation Museum.

The public is invited to attend. Citizens who would like to place an American flag (provided) around the base of the memorial to honor a relative or friend are encouraged to arrive prior to the commencement of the formal ceremony. The flags will remain in place for one week.

For additional information, please contact Barbara Morrison at (757) 385-4075 or email                             


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