Lighting the Path: Together We Remember

We had plans for a ceremony and other special events to commemorate this day. And then, COVID-19 happened. Our plans have been adapted to create ways we can commemorate the day without compelling anyone to leave home or gather together. Great care has been taken to include a variety of activities that allow us to remember and reflect in our own ways and our own time. Individually, the different activities each have meaning. Taken together, we hope you will see we have created a full program while recognizing the realities of the pandemic. Check back here on May 31, 2020 for the virtual ceremony. It will be posted at 4:06 p.m. With that, other features on this remembrance page will go live, as well.

May 31, 2020 Recognized as Virginia Beach Remembrance Day and Proclaimed Love For VB Day

Governor Ralph Northam has recognized May 31, 2020 as Virginia Beach Remembrance Day and has ordered the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia to be flown at half-staff over the state Capitol and all local, state, and federal buildings and grounds in respect and memory of the victims of the May 31 shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, their families, and the entire Virginia Beach community. The flag shall be lowered at sunrise on Sunday, May 31, 2020, and remain at half-staff until sunset.

Mayor Bobby Dyer issued this proclamation that calls for the flag of the City of Virginia Beach to be flown at half-staff in all City buildings and on City grounds from May 29 through sunset on May 31, 2020 and that names Sunday, May 31, 2020 as Love For VB Day.

At-Home Activities for 5.31.2020

Honoring the one-year mark of a day that changed our lives and our community forever. We invite you to come together in remembrance and have created several at-home activities for you to do:

  • Wear Blue (the color of remembrance) on Friday, May 29
  • Plant Forget-Me-Not flowers
    • If you have a green thumb, plant some Forget-Me-Nots. They’re a perennial and will bloom year after year. In general, the meaning behind this flower is remembrance and love. We adapted it, creating our own version that includes elements representing the 17 victims and the community that surrounds them.
  • Window Displays
  • Leave your light on Sunday, May 31, (white or blue)
  • Social Media Frame:
    • We created Forget-Me-Not frames you can add to your Facebook profile picture.

Friday, May 29

  • Wear blue for remembrance
  • Place Forget-Me-Not display in your window for the weekend
  • Add the Forget-Me-Not social media frame to your Facebook profile photo for the weekend
  • 4:06 Moment of Silence wherever you are
  • Lighting the Path: Together We Remember Tribute installation at Building 2 and at Mount Trashmore Park (side of the hill that faces 264) through Sunday, May 31

Sunday, May 31

  • 4:06 Online Remembrance Ceremony
  • Leave your porch light on blue/white in remembrance

The VB Strong Center has additional programming for the weekend. Visit their calendar of events.