Commonwealth’s Attorney to Host National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony

Friday, April 08, 2011

WHO: Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office

WHAT: Crime Victims’ Rights Week Ceremony

WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Contemporary Arts Center, 2200 Parks Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

WHY: To honor victims and the advocates of victims’ rights.


BACKGROUND: Each year, communities throughout the nation honor victims of crimes through various events and ceremonies.  This year’s theme, “Reshaping the Future, Honoring the Past,” evokes victims’ past struggles and our nation’s duty to help them rebuild stronger lives.  Garth Wheeler, Director of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, will serve as the ceremony’s guest speaker, following the presentation of the flags by the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office and remarks and reading of the proclamation by Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr.  Other attendees of the ceremony include various City officials, members of the Parents of Murdered Children – Virginia Beach Chapter, and Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office staff.  Media and the public are welcome and encouraged to attend.