May 15, 2020

City Plans Virtual Activities to Remember Victims of May 31, 2019 Tragedy

New Memorial Website Provides Details of Plans and At-Home Activities

​It has been nearly a year since a gunman killed 12 people, seriously wounded 4 others and terrorized hundreds more during a shooting rampage in Building 2 of the Municipal Center. Today, the City announced its plans for remembering the victims which had to be adapted due to the restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. "Lighting the Path: Together We Remember" reflects input the City received from employees, family members and others to create meaningful tributes to the victims and their families as well as everyone who bears the scars of that day. The plans include a variety of activities that allow people to remember and reflect in their own ways and on their own time."This is a very difficult time. In the midst of a pandemic, reflecting on the worst day in the history of Virginia Beach seems even more daunting," said Acting City Manager Tom Leahy. "Still, if I've learned anything in my four decades with this city, it is this – we persevere. We grow. And we continue to put one foot in front of the other, even when that feels almost impossible. Our goal with these activities has been to honor the memories of those we lost a year ago and the incredible contributions they each made to our lives and our city." The City has created a specially designed symbol based on the Forget-Me-Not flower that includes elements representing the 17 victims and the community that surrounds them. The explanation of that design as well as details for the at-home and ceremonial activities planned beginning May 29, 2020 are included on the newly redesigned memorial website. # # #

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