The City of Chesapeake will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, at 11:00 a.m. in front of City Hall on Cedar Road. This year’s keynote speaker is Linda L. Bryant, Deputy Attorney General for Virginia, Public Safety and Enforcement Division.
Bryant served in the U.S. Army, becoming paratrooper qualified. She served as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer while on active duty. After leaving the Army, she joined the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office where she rose through the ranks becoming a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney while continuing to serve in the Army Reserves.
As a prosecutor, she has handled thousands of felonies and many murder cases. She has been awarded the Virginia Leader in the Law Award and was recognized by Virginia Prosecutors with the Distinguished Prosecutor Award. She also received the Southampton Roads Woman of Distinction Award, and was recently awarded the Department of Criminal Justice Services Outstanding Victim Service Award for her work with victims over the years.
She is a member of the American Legion, the Police Association of Virginia and the Fraternal Order of Police. She is also on the Advisory Board for Operation Renewed Hope Foundation, which finds housing for homeless veterans.
She is married to Scott Bryant, who joined as an enlisted service member and rose through the ranks to become an EOD officer in the U.S. Navy. Her father was a fighter pilot in the U.S. Navy, having served in WWII. She is proud to have been recently appointed by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring as Deputy Attorney General for the Public Safety and Enforcement Division, the largest division in the Office of the Attorney General.
The Veterans Day Observance is presented by The Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs. This year’s ceremony will include an enlistment ceremony and the placing of plaques and wreaths honoring veterans. Music will be provided by the Hickory Middle School Chamber Players.