VIRGINIA BEACH—Today, America takes time out to honor the sacrifices of America's servicemembers.
Memorial Day pays tribute to those who've lost their lives in service to our country.
At 3:00 p.m., there will be a one-minute moment of remembrance as people across the country come together to remember. In December 2000, the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance was established.
50 bows representing the 50 states were hung outside Gate 5 at JEB Little Creek-Fort Story in Va. Beach.
In Suffolk, members of the Virginia Patriot Guard will hold a wreath-laying and tribute ceremony at the Albert G. Horton Cemetery. The tribute, conducted by American Legion Post 88, began at 8:30 a.m. and ended at 11:30 a.m.
In Norfolk, the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Veterans’ Affairs hosted a ceremony at the MacArthur Memorial Visitors Center in downtown at 10:00 a.m.
Portsmouth has its Memorial Day parade, which is the oldest continuous parade in the country. Thousands of people line the parade route to watch bands, service organizations and military members. It began at 11:00 a.m. a Norcom High School, travels along High Street to Crawford Street and ends on Crawford and Columbia streets. The reviewing stand was at the corner of High and Court Streets.
Also at 11:00 a.m., the commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana spoke a special service at Chesapeake City Hall.
Va. Beach marked the day with its annual Memorial Day ceremony at Tidewater Veterans Memorial on 19th Street.
In Newport News, the annual Memorial Day Celebration was at 11:00 a.m. at the Victory Arch at West Ave. and 25th Street.
In York County, awards to York County student winners of the “York County Remembers Poster and Essay Contest” were given at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at 12 noon at the War Memorial on the grounds of York Hall, 301 Main Street. The Fifes and Drums of Yorktown performed ahead of the ceremony.
End your Memorial Day with a special concert by the US Army Training and Doctrine Command at Oyster Point City Center in Newport News. It begins at 5:00 p.m.
At the Rosewood Memorial Park in Va. Beach, more that 20,000 veterans and their families are interred or buried. They honor veterans from all the wars, and even victims of the USS Cole attack.
Veteran George Fox spent 30 years in the Navy. On this day, he was remembering his wife Matilda and his son, Michael Fox. Michael died of a sudden heart attack just last December. George sits on the family bench and listens to messages on his old phone of his son's voice.
At the Eastern Shore Chapel on Laskin Rd., people carried on a tradition of planting a field of flags.