Virginia Beach Recognized as National Veterans Day Regional Site for the Seventh Year

Monday, October 26, 2015

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — October 26, 2015 — Virginia Beach was recently notified by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald that for the seventh year in a row, the City of Virginia Beach was selected as a designated regional site for the observance of Veterans Day by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Day National Committee. Virginia Beach was one of more than 51 designated sites nationwide, and the only site recognized in Virginia.

Each year, the Veterans Day National Committee reviews submissions from across the nation that represent fitting tributes to America’s heroes. This is the seventh year that Virginia Beach applied on behalf of the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations, which has hosted the annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony, on behalf of Southside Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach) since 1970. 

Michael Maliniak, president of the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations (HRCVO) and event coordinator, said, “We are very proud to once again be recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Day National Committee. Our Veterans Day activities, especially the support provided by the many organizations that participate and assist with the events, provide a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for the sacrifices our Veterans have made to maintain the freedoms that we enjoy in our nation.” 

This year’s parade, co-sponsored by the National Sojourners, Inc., will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11, starting at 9 a.m., along Atlantic Avenue, beginning at 16th Street and ending in front of the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 1000 19th Street. The parade will include military units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard that represent the 12 military installations across the region. Veterans from Pearl Harbor, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom will participate, as well as several Tidewater municipal and veterans support organizations, including local high school bands and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops. 

The Veterans Day Parade is sanctioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Veterans Day Committee and the Mayors of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach who sign a proclamation resolving that “citizens, businesses and organizations demonstrate due appreciation, admiration and respect for all veterans who have served our great nation”. 

A formal ceremony that includes military, federal, state and local dignitaries will be held following the parade at 11 a.m. at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, located on 19th Street across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Immediately following the ceremony, a luncheon honoring Veterans is held at the Doubletree Hotel.

For more information, contact Mike Maliniak, HRCVO president, at (757) 467-9017 or Al Tase, vice president, at (757) 636-9190.


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