Captain Chad P. Vincelette, Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Oceana, Slated as Keynote Speaker for the Annual Tidewater Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — May 2, 2018 – Join Mayor Louis R. Jones, NAS Oceana Commanding Officer, Captain Chad Vincelette and the Mayor's Veterans Committee as they host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28 at noon at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center at 1000 19th St.

This annual event is held to honor and pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces "who gave their all."

As part of the opening ceremony, the Virginia Beach Police Department's Honor Guard Unit-Rifle Team will provide a 21-gun salute, followed by the invocation given by Chaplain David Yemington, Vietnam Veterans of America and Virginia Beach Chapter 969. The national anthem and "God Bless America" will be performed by Tony Zontini of Virginia Beach. Following opening remarks by the Honorable Louis R. Jones, Commander Vincelette will provide the keynote address. Captain Chad Vincelette, is a native of Virginia Beach. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1993 having earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering and was commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. He earned his designation as a Naval Aviator in June 1996.

Military commands and organizations 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. 

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

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