May 8, 2023

Vigil Planned to Remember Victims of May 31, 2019, Tragedy

Special programming offered monthlong for year four remembrance activities

Several activities will be offered throughout this month in remembrance of the May 31, 2019, Virginia Beach Municipal Center shooting. This year, a vigil for the community will be held to commemorate the 12 lives lost on 5/31.

Special Programming
The Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach Department of Human Services and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation are offering free activities for all ages throughout May, curated specifically to meet people where they are on their healing journey, promote mental health, and overall wellness. A complete list of programming can be found on

Gather in Remembrance
A vigil will be held to allow the community to gather to remember those we lost, lift up survivors and all those affected and still healing. The vigil will take place at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, in front of City Hall, 2401 Courthouse Drive. The event will include the reading of names, a candle ceremony, musical performance by Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and speakers who represent the First Responder community. Candles will be provided; however, seating will not be available.

"Love for VB" Around Town
Be sure to look for the Love for VB symbol — the forget-me-not flower — displayed around the city.

  • The forget-me-not flower will be painted at Mt. Trashmore on the front of the hill just below the City seal.
  • Remembrance flags, featuring the Love for VB symbol, will be flown at more than 30 locations throughout the city.
  • City facilities and bridges including Building 30, the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Greenwich and Lesner Bridge will light up blue in remembrance.

Individual Activities
Remember in your own way and show your "Love for VB."

  • A Moment of Silence is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31, at 4:06 p.m., the time that the first 911 call was received. Individuals are asked to pause wherever they are at that time.
  • Wear blue in remembrance on May 31.
  • Social media frames and therapeutic coloring sheets are available on

For detailed information about special programming, visit

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