2018 Tidewater Veterans Day Parade, Ceremony Slated for Monday, Nov. 12

Thursday, November 01, 2018

​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 on 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

This year's Grand Marshal is Navy Vietnam War Veteran Robert Freitag, and Michael Berman, Esq., Past National Commander of the Jewish War Veterans, is this year's Co-Marshal. The parade will include, among others: the U.S. Fleet Forces Band, Virginia Beach high schools' marching bands, honor guards, and motorcycle and/or mounted units from the Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Police Departments and the Virginia Beach and Portsmouth Sheriff's Offices.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans of the USA, this year's parade will be held Monday, Nov. 12 (Veterans Day Observed), starting at 9 a.m., on Atlantic Avenue, beginning at 16th Street and ending in front of the Tidewater Veterans Memorial on 19th Street. Due to construction on 19th Street, the parade will go down 20th Street and cut over to 19th Street via Cypress Drive. The parade will include military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard that represent the 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 local high school NJROTC 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 declaring 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 parade reviewing stand, located across the street from the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 1000 19th St. This service will include military and civilian honors to the Veterans.

For more information, contact Mike Maliniak, HRCVO president, at (757) 467-9017.

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