“We have so many talented City employees – landscape architects, civil engineers, planners-who could design a meaningful memorial to the co-workers they lost. I am certain we can raise the money to make this happen.”

An important idea from June:

August 11, 2020

To the Honorable City Council of Virginia Beach:

I believe we need an immediate memorial to the victims at the Building 2 site – a memorial worthy of the respect the victims and their families deserve. We can’t wait a moment longer!

On the anniversary, I visited the makeshift memorial, on the steps of Building 2, to honor the victims of the horrific event of the municipal shooting a year ago May 31st. Though the designer(s) attempted to honor each individual victim, it was far too little in light of the enormous loss of life suffered that day. And sadly, when I attended a CBPA Board meeting the next day, the memorial was already being dismantled.

None of us will know the hell each victim went through at the hands of the murderer, but we can’t let their vibrant lives slip out of our consciousness, we must celebrate them daily. By allowing Building 2 to stand so starkly and alone, though its foundation has been shaken, is to allow Building 2 to cast a dark shadow on our spirits. A memorial that is visible, that surrounds the building with life and love, would help to remove the shroud of grief so many of us feel for the horrible loss of these vibrant souls. For the families as well as co-workers, a memorial should be constructed now.

A building is always far more than the sum of its parts. For City employees, it’s the everyday teamwork that keeps our beautiful City running, it is birthdays and celebrations, and the comradery and support that grows from the rubbing of shoulders with our fellow workers. Though the time I spent working in the City Engineer’s Office was long ago, I am still in touch with many former co-workers from all 4 floors of Building 2. We must, as a caring community, honor the loss of life, and way of life, that was taken from us that day.

We have so many talented City employees – landscape architects, civil engineers, planners-who could design a meaningful memorial to the co-workers they lost. I am certain we can raise the money to make this happen. I believe we need a place to allow loved ones to touch and feel the love that our community has for them. Let’s not allow another anniversary of this horrific tragedy to pass without such a memorial in place. We need a memorial now!
As a former Virginia Beach city employee (City Engineer’s Office), and active volunteer in the community, I will volunteer to do anything to help! Please call on me if there is anything I can do to alleviate the pain that employees are feeling.

Sincerely,
June Barrett-McDaniels

As a former Virginia Beach city employee (City Engineer’s Office), and active volunteer in the community, I will volunteer to do anything to help! Please call on me if there is anything I can do to alleviate the pain that employees are feeling.

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Virginia Beach Boat Church 10:30am Sunday Service to Honor Victims of 5.31.19 Shootings

Here is another opportunity to remember the victims of 5.31.19.

Dear Friend,

We are so excited to join together on Sunday for the First Ever Virginia Beach Boat Church!

We have moved to a NEW LOCATION at First Landing State Park at the East End of the Narrows near Crystal Lake. Come by boat which you can launch at the west end of 64th Street, or you can walk and attend on the beach next to the boat ramp. Look for the pontoon boat stage with a pink “Boat Church” banner.

It will be a beautiful service and a chance to come together to pray and remember those who lost their lives one year ago to the day at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center shooting. Join this service led by Trinity Church Pastor Randy Singer and two other great local churches, with special guests Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer and former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and others for this unique opportunity for fellowship.

See all the details attached. Please share this flyer with family and friends! You can also find us on Facebook at Virginia Beach Boat Church and Instagram @VirginiaBeachBoatChurch.

In the case of inclement weather, notice will be posted by 10pm Saturday evening on Facebook.

Be there to Worship on the Water at the Narrows off First Landing State Park, each Sunday from May 31 – September 6, 2020 at 10:30am.

Looking forward to seeing you,

Liz Seidel

Administrative Assistant
Virginia Beach Boat Church
virginiabeachboatchurch@gmail.com
Location:First Landing State Park, Sunday May 31-September 6, 2020
Find us on Facebook: Virginia Beach Boat Church
Find us on Instagram: @virginiabeachboatchurch

We Remember – Honoring the Victims on the Anniversary of the 5.31.19 Shootings

 

The City of Virginia Beach is planning several opportunities for residents to remember the victims and their families this weekend as we mark the anniversary of the awful events of 5.31.19.

Please visit the Love for VB website for a full list of events – https://www.loveforvb.com/remembrance

Additional remembrance activities can be found at the VB Strong Center website – https://thevbstrongcenter.org/services/

Some of the weekend highlights include:

Friday 5.29.20 

  • Wear Blue in remembrance
  • Observe a moment of silence at 4:06pm

Saturday 5.30.20

Sunday 5.31.20

  • 4:06 Online Remembrance Ceremony.
  • Leave your porch light on blue/white in remembrance

 

 

We are numb with sadness.

Laquita C. Brown, Chesapeake

Public works right-of-way agent, four years

Tara Welch Gallagher, Virginia Beach

Public works, six years

Mary Louise Gayle, Virginia Beach

Public works, 24 years

Alexander Mikhail Gusev, Virginia Beach

Public works, nine years

Katherine A. Nixon, Virginia Beach

Public utilities, 10 years

Richard H. Nettleton, Norfolk

Public utilities, 28 years

Christopher Kelly Rapp, Powhatan

Public works engineer, 11 months

Ryan Keith Cox, Virginia Beach

Public utilities account clerk, 12 years

Joshua A. Hardy, Virginia Beach

Public utilities engineering technician, four years

Michelle “Missy” Langer, Virginia Beach

Public utilities administrative assistant, 12 years

Robert “Bobby” Williams, Chesapeake

Public utilities special projects coordinator, 41 years

Herbert “Bert” Snelling, Virginia Beach

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