September 15, 2023

5/31 Memorial Committee to Meet with Selected Design Firm Sept. 20

The next meeting of the City Council-appointed 5/31 Memorial Committee will take place from 4:30-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Virginia Beach Economic Development Conference Room, 4545 Main St., Suite 700. The meeting is open to the public and will also be available via live streaming on and

The purpose of this meeting is to receive an update from Dills Architects on its team’s progress in finalizing the design for a permanent memorial to honor those lost and forever impacted by the mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on May 31, 2019.

The design concept submitted by Dills Architects with SWA was selected for the memorial following a design competition and solicitation from professional design teams across the nation who were interested in and capable of creating a serene place of quiet reflection and healing for all those impacted by and in remembrance of those lost and injured on 5/31. In April, City Council approved the committee’s recommendation of the selected design concept and authorized the city manager to enter into a contract with them for the project.

Committee Background:

City Council appointed 13 members to the committee, representing a cross-section of the community and including family members and affected staff members. The City hired consulting firm Kearns & West to facilitate the committee and memorial planning process, to serve as a liaison to the families and survivors and to create multiple opportunities for the families, survivors and community to provide input into the planning process. For more information on the committee, visit

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