2022 Remembrance Activities & Special Programming
To commemorate the lives lost and forever changed by the May 31 tragedy
Below is an overview of the plans the City of Virginia Beach will be offering throughout the month of May. Several free activities for all ages have been curated specifically to meet people where they are on their healing journey, help improve resiliency, promote mental health and overall wellness, and allow individuals to reflect and remember those we lost in their own way.
Three-Year Remembrance Ceremony
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 • 7 p.m. • Mount Trashmore Park, 310 Edwin Drive
An in-person ceremony will be held for the first time since the pandemic to allow the community to gather to remember those we lost, lift up survivors and all those affected and still healing. Limited seating is available in front of the stage. Guests are invited to bring their own chairs.
The VB Strong Center, Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach Department of Human Services, and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation are offering free activities for all ages throughout May. A StoryWalk®, yoga classes, and virtual moments of reflection are just a sampling of the offerings this month.
Free Yoga Classes
Multiple Dates and Times • Virginia Beach Recreation Centers
Physical activity is beneficial to improving health and reducing symptoms related to trauma. Sign up for a free yoga class to focus on relaxation, improve body movement, relieve tension, reduce stress and anxiety, and engage in mindfulness as yoga can support individuals that have experienced trauma. Varying types of yoga will be offered.
Hosted by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and the VB Strong Center in partnership with Sentara Healthcare.
A Virtual Moment of Reflection
Friday, May 27 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Virtual 1-Hour Group Sessions
A key influencer to improving resiliency, increasing recovery, and working towards healing during a year mark is staying connected or reconnecting with others. Memorials and remembrances bring out triggers and emotions for many people. Reserve a spot and join the “virtual reflection hour” with a licensed therapist for immediate support to share thoughts and identify challenges during this time. Gain supportive insight and reconnect with peers in an open group setting.
Hosted by the VB Strong Center.
A Virtual Moment for Healing
Multiple Dates and Times • Virtual 25-Minute One-to-One Sessions
After a traumatic event and during a year mark, everyone’s experience is unique and different on their journey towards resiliency and healing. Although supportive group settings are helpful, individual sessions can be just as impactful for those not ready for the group experience. Connect “one-to-one” with a licensed clincial therapist to explore any triggers, emotions, thoughts and feelings pertaining to the three-year mark of 5/31/19. These sessions are private and confidential.
Hosted by the VB Strong Center.
VBPL Mindfulness & Resiliency Programming for All Ages
Multiple Dates and Times • Virginia Beach Public Library Branches & Virtually
Programs curated to focus on mindfulness, recovery and resiliency.
» StoryWalk® featuring I Promise by Lebron James
» Anti-Meltdown Monday (Teens)
» Tiny Art Tuesday (Teens)
» Unwind Wednesday (Teens)
» Mindfulness Storytime
» Preschool Yoga
» Plant a Seed of Kindness (Ages 3-6)
» Dot Art Mandalas (Teens)
» Tiny Paint Night (Tweens & Teens)
» DIY Fidget Toys (Tweens & Teens)
» Teen Only Teeny Tiny Farm
» Kitten Cuddles with Billy the Kidden Rescue (Teens)
» Relax with Reptiles (Teens)
» Coping Strategies to Build Resiliency (Adults)
» Digital Positivity Boards (Teens)
Hosted by Virginia Beach Public Library.
Some events require registration. For program information and to sign up, click the link below.
DHS Mental Health Awareness Events
Multiple Dates and Times
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
» Adverse Childhood Experiences Training
» Question Persuade Refer (QPR) Training
» Help Me Understand Seminars
• Childhood Anxiety and Trauma
Hosted by the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (DHS).
For more information about the events, call (757) 385-0803.
Show Your "Love For VB"
We know that for many, remembrance and reflection are a personal experience. Here are a few ways you can remember in your own way and show “Love For VB.”
Gain the therapeutic benefits of coloring by completing one of these coloring sheets and place it somewhere visible for all to see. Full color options are also available.
Wear blue in remembrance on Tuesday, May 31.
Graphic for concept only. Not available for sale.
A Moment of Silence
Partake in a moment of silence on Tuesday, 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.
Love For VB Around Town
Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center
The Love For VB symbol is currently displayed on the “Love” sign at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, 341 S Birdneck Road.
The forget-me-not flower has again been painted at Mount Trashmore on the front façade of the hill below the City seal.
City facilities including Building 30, the Virginia Beach Convention Center and Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center will light up blue in remembrance, May 23-31.
Remembrance flags, featuring the Love For VB symbol, will be flown at more than 40 locations throughout the city.