May 16, 2022

Tidewater Veterans Memorial Day Ceremony Set for Monday, May 30, 2022

Capt. Samson C. Stevens, Sr. USCG Slated as Keynote Speaker

Join Mayor Robert M. "Bobby" Dyer and the Mayor's Veterans Committee as they host the annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30, at noon at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial, 1000 19th St., across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

This annual event is held to honor and pay tribute to the men and women of the armed forces "who gave their all." As part of the opening ceremony, the Virginia Beach Police Department's Honor Guard Unit-Rifle Team will provide a 21-Gun Salute, followed by the invocation given by Chaplain David Yemington, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Virginia Beach Chapter 969. Music will be provided by the United States Air Force Heritage Brass, and the National Anthem and "God Bless America" will be performed by Tony Zontini of Virginia Beach.

Following opening remarks by CDR Edward T. McCarthy, USCGR (Ret.), Capt. Samson C. Stevens, Sr. USCG will provide the keynote address. Stevens has over 25 years of experience in a broad array of operational, intelligence, joint, and staff assignments. He assumed the duties of commander, Sector Virginia, in June 2020, after serving two years as deputy commander. Conducting Coast Guard missions in the Commonwealth of Virginia's waters and offshore, his official authorities include Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, Federal On-Scene Coordinator, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, and Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator. Stevens' personal decorations include Coast Guard meritorious service, commendation, achievement medals, and several unit and service awards.

Military commands and organizations are invited to bring wreaths to place at the memorial during the formal ceremony on behalf of their command. The public is also invited to attend. Citizens who would like to place an American flag (provided) around the base of the memorial to honor a relative or friend are encouraged to arrive prior to the commencement of the formal ceremony. The flags will remain in place for one week.

For additional information, please contact Teresa Diaz at 757-385-6631 or email

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