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​Several activities will be offered throughout May in remembrance of the Virginia Beach Civic Center shooting in May 2019. New for 2022 will be an in-person ceremony for the community to come together and commemorate the lives lost and changed at never on 5/31.

“Because individuals are at different stages of their healing journey, our goal is to continue to provide options for how we remember those we have lost,” said Virginia Beach Director Patrick A. Duhaney. City. “Mental health promotion is also essential to our recovery, and this month-long program reflects the City’s commitment to the overall well-being of our employees and the community.”

Special programming
The VB Strong Center, Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach Department of Social Services, and Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation are offering free activities for all ages throughout May, organized specifically to meet people where they are on their healing journey, help improve resilience, and promote mental health and overall well-being. A StoryWalk®, yoga classes and virtual moments of reflection are just a sampling of this month’s offerings. A full lineup of programming can be found at

Ceremonial programming
An in-person ceremony will be held for the first time since the pandemic to allow the community to come together to remember those we have lost, uplift survivors and all those affected and still recovering. the Three Year Remembrance Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31 at Mount Trashmore Park. A limited number of seats are available in front of the stage. Customers are welcome to bring their own chairs.

“Love for VB” around town

  • The Love For VB symbol is displayed in the “Love” sign at the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.
  • The forget-me-not flower will be painted again Mount Trashmore on the front facade of the hill under the seal of the city. Weather permitting, it should be completed by mid-May.
  • flags of remembrance, featuring the Love For VB forget-me-not flower, will be flying at over 40 locations across the city.
  • City facilities including Building 30, the Virginia Beach Convention Center and the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center will light up blue in remembrance, May 23-31.

Individual activities

  • Social media frames and therapy coloring sheets are available at
  • A moment of silence is scheduled for Friday, May 27 at 4:06 p.m., when the first 911 call was received. Individuals are encouraged to pause wherever they are at the time. Comments from city workers showed that Friday this weekend continues to be a poignant reminder, even though it is not the actual anniversary of the tragedy.
  • Wear blue in remembrance on Tuesday, May 31.

For detailed information on special programming, visit


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