2016 Tidewater Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony Slated for Friday, Nov. 11

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Get ready for one of the biggest and best Veterans Day parades this area has ever seen. More than 100 units with multiple components have signed up to march or perform during this year's annual parade, hosted by the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations (HRCVO). The parade starts at 9 a.m. at 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue, and will end at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial at 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

This year's Grand Marshal is CPL Johnny Johnson, USMC (Ret.) and MR1 William T. Jones, Jr., USN (Ret.)​ is this year's Co-Marshal. The parade will include, among others: Marching bands from the U. S. Army Training & Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Bayside, Green Run, Kellam,  Landstown, Ocean Lakes, Salem and Tallwood High Schools, Honor Guards and/or Motorcycle and Mounted Units from Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach Police Departments and the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office.

This year's parade is co-sponsored by the La Societe des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (40 & 8) Voiture Locale 86). It will include military units from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force that represent military installations across the region. Veterans from 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 Naval Junior ROTC Units 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 signed the Veterans Day Proclamation resolving that "citizens, businesses and organizations demonstrate due appreciation, admiration and respect for all veterans who have served our great nation."

Immediately following the parade, a formal ceremony will be held at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial. This service will include military and civilian honors to the Veterans. Afterwards, there will be a luncheon 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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