VIRGINIA BEACH-Va. Beach is honoring the sacrifices of our military men and women on this Veterans Day.
The annual parade and ceremony began at 9:00 a.m. at 16th Street and Atlantic Avenue and ended at the Tidewater Veterans Memorial at 19th Street, across from the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
This year's grand marshal was Capt. Manual A. Hipol, MC, USNR (Ret.). The co-marshal is Capt. Kenneth Golden, USN (Ret.).
Crowds along the parade route heard from marching bands from the U. S. Army, U.S. Navy and local area high school and middle school bands. Honor guards from the Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Police and Sheriffs' Departments, and Virginia Beach Fire Department performed, along with Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops from across the area, drill teams and more.
The city has hosted the Veterans Day parade since 1970.
In Chesapeake, the Mayor's Commission on Veterans' Affairs held a wreath-laying ceremony at 11:00 a.m. at the Chesapeake Veterans' Memorial in front of City Hall, 306 Cedar Road.
In Norfolk, Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe attended the city's Second Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony at 2 p.m. in the Nauticus theater. Also attending was Congressmen Bobby Scott, Scott Rigell, Senator Mark Warner, and Admiral Gortney, Fleet Forces Commander. The featured speaker was MCPON William Plackett, the 6th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy(MCPON).
Also in Norfolk, Virginia Wesleyan College honored veterans with a ceremony and memorial dedication. The VWC Veterans Memorial was recently installed on the Virginia Wesleyan campus on the lawn and memorial garden behind Godwin Hall, where the Veterans Day event took place.
Speakers included Army and Iraq War veteran Keith Mycek, VWC Class of 2015, and Navy veteran Nicole Rust, VWC Class of 2012. Campus ROTC will also participate in the event.
The Veterans Memorial was created to honor members of the Virginia Wesleyan College family who have served in the United States Armed Forces and envisioned as a space where people can gather in fellowship or for quiet reflection.
In Newport News, the Hines Middle School 8th Grade Choir will perform at the 7th Annual American Legion Post 368 American Legion Rider Veteran's Day Wreath Ceremony on November 11th. The 3:00 p.m. ceremony will be held at the Virginia Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Huntington Park (next to the Virginia War Museum) on Warwick Boulevard. This year's speaker is Major General MacCarley, Deputy Chief of Staff, US Army Training and Doctrine Command.