Memorial Day isn’t all about BBQs. It’s about remembering those who bravely served in the U.S. Armed Services and gave their lives. There are services, celebrations, and memorials all over Hampton Roads that you may want to attend. A big thank you to those who served, and those who are currently serving, especially our friends in Hampton Roads!
The Chesapeake Mayor’s Commission on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a wreath laying ceremony at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 25, at the Chesapeake Veterans Memorial in front of City Hall – 306 Cedar Road. The public is invited to attend and participate in the wreath laying.
There will be a Memorial Day Observance at the Hampton National Cemetery on Monday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Memorial Day Celebration at Victory Arch – Sponsored by American Legion Braxton-Perkins Post #25, this annual ceremony is held at 11 a.m. at the Victory Arch, 25th Street & West Avenue, in downtown Newport News. After the ceremony, the public is invited learn about America’s rich military heritage at the Virginia War Museum. Visit the museum on Memorial Day and receive $1 off the admission price.
There will be a Memorial Day Service & Picnic at Calvary Cemetery with guest speaker Robert C. Watson, Assistant Professor of History & Assistant to the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Hampton University. There will also be a Memorial Day Service at Forest Lawn Cemetery. It will take place at the 111th Field Artillery Battallion & 29th Infantry Division Monument.
Monday May 25 marks the 131st Portsmouth Annual Memorial Day Parade, a Portsmouth tradition since 1884. Annually, the 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. This year’s parade will include floats, marching band units, armed forces units, lots of excitement and much more.
There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Suffolk at 10 a.m. on Monday. It is sponsored by the American Legion Nansemond Post 88.
There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at noon at Tidewater Memorial Park. The event will be 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 2015 keynote speaker is Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (AW/NAC) Mike D. Stevens.
There are several events going on in the Williamsburg area to commemorate Memorial Day. Historic Grace Episcopal Church is holding a ceremony honoring veterans from all of America’s wars. After that is a Fife and Drum performance at York Hall starting at 11:45 a.m. and another ceremony immediately after at York Hall.