2021 Timeline of Remembrance Events
Below is an overview of the plans the City of Virginia Beach will be offering to commemorate the lives lost and forever changed by the May 31 tragedy. This year’s activities will look very similar to those offered in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID environment and Executive Order restrictions. The hope is that the offerings listed below will continue to meet people where they are on their healing journey and provide options for them to remember those we lost.
We know you may have questions regarding this years’ events; we invite you to visit our frequently asked question page.
VB Strong Center Activities
The VB Strong Center is a hub of support and resources for all individuals impacted by the shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on May 31, 2019. For more information about the VB Strong Center, visit thevbstrongcenter.org.
A Partnership between The VB Strong Center, The Virginia Beach Public Library and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation
A StoryWalk® features pages of a children's book, deconstructed into panels and placed along a path or trail. As families follow the path to read the story, parents will find tips on how to practice early literacy skills with their children, and children will enjoy suggested activities based on what's happening in the story. The chosen title is “The Rabbit Listened” by Cori Doerrfeld, a moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, intended to soothe heartaches big and small.
We know that for many, remembrance and reflection are a personal experience. We invite you to participate in any of the opportunities listed below to reflect and remember the day in your own way.
Gain the therapeutic benefits of coloring by completing one of these coloring sheets and place it somewhere visible for all to see.
On Friday, May 28 wear blue in remembrance and observe a moment of silence wherever you are at 4:06 p.m. - the time the first 911 call was received.
Take in a Sunrise
On Monday, May 31 take in a morning sunrise alone or with loved ones from the beach or another comfortable location.
Virtual Remembrance Ceremony
A virtual memorial ceremony will be made available on this website on the evening of May 30 to honor those we lost and to encourage the community to pledge to serve or commit to acts of kindness in remembrance.
Remembrance flags featuring the Love for VB symbol will be displayed half-staffed under City seal flags throughout the City. This is acknowledged in the Mayor's 2021 Love for VB Dedication Day proclamation.
Points of Reflection Installations
Three points of reflection will be installed (weather permitting), Wednesday, May 26 through Wednesday, June 2:
Oceanfront at 24th Street
A sand sculpture inspired by the Love for VB forget-me-not flower
The Love for VB symbol will be painted on the front façade below the City seal.
Due to the new City Hall construction and to meet construction site public safety protocols, this installation will be placed behind Building 15 in view of Building 2.