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Veteran's Day Celebration

Published: November 8, 2014

The public is invited to join the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations as they pay tribute to the men and women who have served and protected the USA.

For the sixth consecutive year, Veterans Affairs has named Virginia Beach a designated regional site (one of 67 nationwide) for the observance of Veterans Day.

Veterans Day activities kick off at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 with a parade stretching from 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue to the Tidewater Veterans Memorial located at 1000 19th Street.

The city of Virginia Beach has been hosting the Veterans Day parade since 1970. The event is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Council of Veterans Organizations and co-sponsored this year by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Grand Marshals will include CDR George Coker, USN (Ret.) and MCPO Doug Keller, USN (Ret.). The parade will also include military units from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard that represent the 12 military installations across the region.

Veterans from Pearl Harbor, 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 bands and Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.

A formal ceremony that includes military, federal, state and local dignitaries will be held following the parade at 11 a.m. at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

The Veterans Day Proclamation will be read by the Honorable Kenneth Wright, Mayor, city of Portsmouth, with special guest remarks by Commander George Coker, USN, (Ret.), former Vietnam Prisoner of War.

Following the ceremony, there will be a dedication at the William L. "Bill" Myers Veterans Memorial Park honoring veterans whose names were engraved on memorial pavers in the last year. Immediately following, a luncheon honoring veterans will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street.

source: City of Virginia Beach