Memorial Day a Time To Remember

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Mr. Jim Darby speaks at dedication of LGBT military monument in Chicago. Photo from Windy City Times.

Memorial Day is a day to remember members of our military that gave the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our country and values.  A number of events are taking place throughout Hampton Roads today commemorating members of the military.

In Norfolk several events will be held around the city:

The Memorial Day Ceremony will be held near the battleship Wisconsin at Wisconsin Square on Monday, May 29 at 10 a.m. The featured speaker will be Rep. Scott Taylor, a former Navy Seal and Operation Iraqi Freedom wounded veteran. Other speakers include Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander and HMCS Mike O’Shea, USN (retired), event chair.
The U.S. Army TRADOC Band will play. The Norfolk Combined Veterans Organizations will have a POW/MIA table.

Memorial Day at Calvary Cemetery will be on Monday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery, located on 1600 St. Julian Ave. Boy Scouts salute and dedication to veterans, flag placement in the veterans memorial section. Light refreshments follow.

In Chesapeake a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the Chesapeake Veterans’ Memorial, located at 306 Cedar Rd. The ceremony will be hosted by the Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs. The program will honor all who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It will begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 29.

In Newport News an annual ceremony for Memorial Day will be held on Monday, May 29. The ceremony will be held at the Virginia War Museum. The event is sponsored by American Legion, Braxton-Perkins Post #25. The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and is located at the Victory Arch, on 25th St. and West Ave. After the ceremony the public can explore the museum and learn more about America’s rich military history. On Memorial Day, visitors are treated to $1 off admission. Click here to learn more.

In Hampton, the Memorial Day Service and Flag Retirement Ceremony will be on Monday, May 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Fort Monroe – Colonies and RV Travel Park. Military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice will be honored. In addition, U.S. flags no longer usable will be retired. Seating is limited; please bring a chair if possible. Click here for more information.

The City of Portsmouth is holding its 133rd Annual Memorial Day Parade.

A Portsmouth tradition since 1884, the annual Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and celebrates Portsmouth’s proud military heritage.

Enjoy floats, marching bands and lots of excitement. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Monday and travels on High Street from Peninsula Avenue (at I.C. Norcom High School) to Crawford Street.

In Virginia Beach people are invited to attend the annual Tidewater Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony, sponsored by the Mayor’s Veterans Committee is held to honor and pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces, “who gave their all.” The formal ceremony is scheduled for Monday, May 29 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, located along 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. This event is free and open to the public. Military personnel, their families and all citizens are invited to participate. Citizens who would like to place an American flag (provided) around the base of the memorial are encouraged to arrive before the ceremony. The flags will remain in place for one week.