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Virginia Department of Veterans Services Will Host Four Memorial Day Ceremonies Across Commonwealth on May 28


Ceremonies Scheduled For Virginia War Memorial in Richmond and at State Veterans Cemeteries in Amelia, Dublin and Suffolk

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services will host Memorial Day Ceremonies at four locations across the Commonwealth on Monday, May 28, 2018.  Admission is free to all of these ceremonies and the public is encouraged to attend.

Lieutenant Governor Justin E. Fairfax will be the keynote speaker at the 62nd Annual Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial, 621 South Belvidere Street in Richmond. The program will be held at 10 a.m. in the Heilman Amphitheater and Shrine of Memory on the Memorial grounds and is co-hosted by American Legion, District 11.

There will be a patriotic music concert at 2 p.m. The Virginia War Memorial and its Paul and Phyllis Galanti Education Center will be open extended hours for visitation from 9 7 p.m.  For details, directions and parking information, visit or .

Virginia’s three State Veterans Cemeteries at Amelia, Dublin and Suffolk will each also hold public Memorial Day Ceremonies. An Avenue of Flags will placed at each cemetery entrance and all gravesites will be graced with an American flag. Administrative offices will be open from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. to assist veterans and their families with gravesite location, general information and the completion of cemetery pre-application forms for interested qualified veterans and family members.

Information, including driving directions, for each of these Memorial Day Ceremonies is available at, and is listed below:


Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Amelia

Memorial Day Ceremony – 10 a.m. EDT

10300 Pridesville Road

Amelia, VA 23002


Keynote Speaker: Senator Amanda Chase

Co-hosted by American Legion Post 147


Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery

Memorial Day Ceremony- 9:30 a.m. EDT

5550 Bagging Plant Road

Dublin. VA 24084


Keynote Speaker: Bernard L. Marie

Co-hosted by Ruritan National, New River District


Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery

Memorial Day Ceremony – 9:00 a.m. EDT

5310 Milners Road

Suffolk, VA 23434


Keynote Speaker: Gerald Rhoads

Co-hosted by American Legion, Post 88

About VDVS

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) operates 30 benefit offices throughout the state that assist military veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; and three cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs.  The Department also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s monument to honor the memory and sacrifice of Virginia’s men and women who served and fought to defend our way of life from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit