Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War to be Highlighted at the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — May 19, 2015 —Join the Virginia Beach Mayor’s Veterans Committee as they pay tribute to the men and women of the​ ​armed forces who perished while serving their country and protecting our freedom at 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. This year’s event will recognize those who fought in the Vietnam War as part of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The Commemoration is held to thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW), or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice and to thank and honor the families of these veterans. It also highlights the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War. Charlie Montgomery, president of the Mayor’s Veterans Committee, will give special acknowledgment to those who served.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael D. Stevens is this year’s keynote speaker. The MCPON is the senior enlisted person in the Navy and serves as the senior enlisted leader of the Navy, and as an advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and to the Chief of Naval Personnel in matters dealing with enlisted personnel and their families. At the conclusion of the formal service, 1 p.m., there will be a flyover of the magnificent “Warbirds” provided by Jerry Yagen of the Military Aviation Museum.

Military Commands are invited to bring wreaths to place at the memorial during the formal ceremony on behalf of their command. The public is also 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. 

​To learn more about the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War visit: For additional information, please contact Barbara Morrison at (757) 385-4075, (757) 572-2053 or email                             ​