Meeting of Three Commanders Virginia Historical Highway Marker to be Dedicated March 6

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

​The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission will dedicate a state highway marker to commemorate the Meeting of Three Commanders on Wednesday,  March 6 at 3 p.m. This dedication ceremony was previously scheduled in January.

The marker will be placed close to Lynnhaven Colony Park on Shore Drive near where the meeting is believed to have taken place. The marker dedication ceremony will be held at the park shelter, 3125 Shore Drive. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in BoBo's Restaurant, 3139 Shore Drive. Parking for the event is available at the restaurant and a reception will be held at BoBo's after the event.

Gen. André Lanata, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation of NATO Allied Command Transformation, will be speaking at the dedication ceremony. He is a French Air Force officer. Gen. Lanata will be joined by Virginia Beach Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer on the program. The public is invited to attend.

The meeting occurred Sept. 18, 1781 between Gen. George Washington, commander-in-chief of the combined American and French armies, the Comte de Rochambeau, commander of the French expeditionary army, and Admiral François Joseph Paul de Grasse, commander of a large French fleet of warships. These commanders met aboard de Grasse's flagship on Lynnhaven Bay. It was here that the final strategies were devised that led to the stunning Franco-American victory at Yorktown.

The text for the marker was researched and developed by local historian Jorja Jean, who received a grant award from the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission to fund the marker. The Virginia Board of Historic Resources approved the marker application at their June 2018 quarterly meeting. Virginia's historical marker program is the oldest such program in the nation.

The Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission is a City Council-appointed body that advises Council on issues related to the City's historic resources. The group seeks to preserve, protect and maintain the historic integrity of Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne County through a program of advocacy and increased public awareness and involvement. The commission generally meets the first Wednesday evening of the month, except July and August, at 2101 Parks Ave., Suite 500. Please visit for additional information about the Historic Preservation Commission.


1931 U.S postage stamp commemorating the victory at Yorktown featuring the three commanders, Comte de Rochambeau, Gen. Washington, and Adm. de Grasse.

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