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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Cities of Portsmouth and Norfolk Observe Memorial Day with Special Events

The cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth will hold special events in observance of Memorial Day Monday, May 28.

PORTSMOUTH & NORFOLK, VA – May 16, 2018 – The cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth will hold special events in observance of Memorial Day Monday, May 28. The Portsmouth Memorial Day Parade, a tradition since 1884, takes place at 10 a.m., May 28. The Memorial Day Parade is one of the oldest parades in the country commemorating the holiday. This year’s grand marshal is Rear Admiral Anne M. Swap Commander, Navy Medicine East at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. The annual event salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women in the U.S. Armed Forces. Spectators will enjoy floats, various marching bands, drill teams and more. The parade travels from Peninsula Avenue, at I.C. Norcom High School, and continues on High Street to Crawford Street.

Norfolk’s Memorial Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony will take place at Wisconsin Square, adjacent to the Lone Sailor Statue, at 2 p.m. Guest speaker for the ceremony is Vice Admiral Bruce H. Lindsey, Deputy Commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Norfolk’s Memorial Day Ceremony also features performances by the U.S. Fleet Forces Band and POW/MIA table by Norfolk Combined Veterans Organizations. The event is co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs.

For more information on these events, visit www.portsvaevents.com.
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