May 26, 2023

Love For VB: Remembering May 31, 2019

Candlelight vigil will be held to commemorate year four Municipal Center tragedy
Love for VB forget me not painted on Mount Trashmore

As the four-year commemoration of May 31 approaches, we invite the community to join us in our plans for remembering the victims of this tragedy.

Year Four Remembrance Ceremony

A vigil will be held to gather to remember those we lost, lift up survivors and all those affected and still healing. The Year Four Remembrance Ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, in front of City Hall, 2401 Courthouse Drive.

The event will include a candle ceremony, reading of names, musical performances, speakers from the First Responder community and an illumination of 12 lights. Candles will be provided; however, seating will not be available.

Love For VB Symbol

“Love For VB” Around Town

Around the City, the Love for VB symbol—the forget-me-not-flower—will be prevalent.

  • The forget-me-not flower is again painted at Mount Trashmore on the front façade of the hill below the City seal.
  • The Love For VB symbol is displayed in the “Love” sign at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.
  • Remembrance flags, featuring the Love For VB forget-me-not flower, will be flown at more than 40 locations throughout the city.
  • City facilities including Building 30, the Virginia Beach Convention Center and Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center will light up blue in remembrance.

Moment of Silence

Individuals can also show “Love for VB” by participating in a moment of silence on Wednesday, May 31, at 4:06 p.m., the time the first 911 call was received. Individuals are asked to pause wherever they are at that time.

We encourage people to wear blue in remembrance on May 31. Social media frames and therapeutic coloring sheets are also available.

In observance, the departments previously located in Building 2 will modify operations on Wednesday, May 31. The departments of Planning, Public Utilities, Public Works and Information Technology will close at 3 p.m. For departmental information, visit

For more information about the vigil and special programming, visit

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