Several hundred people turned out on Memorial Day at City Hall to honor the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. The day was one of dazzling sunshine, flags snapping in the breeze, with smart-looking young service members in the Honor Guard and Salute team – U.S. Marines Corps members from Naval Air Station Oceana – and older seasoned veterans, some in uniform, looking on with pride. The keynote address was given by Captain Robert N. Geis, Commanding Officer of Naval Air Station Oceana. During his remarks, Captain Geis spoke of the tremendous sacrifice made “so that evil and tyranny might not prevail.” That sacrifice was further illustrated when several Chesapeake Gold Star families hung the dog tags of their loved ones on the bronze rifle, helmet and boots monument. At the end of the ceremony, the Gold Star families released balloons to honor their fallen heroes.
The event was hosted by The Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs. Music for the ceremony was provided by the Hugo Owens Middle School Orchestra. Additional music included bagpipes and a bugler.