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Residents asked to wear blue on Friday to honor Virginia Beach mass shooting victims

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Posted at 7:43 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 16:48:20-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - This weekend marks one year since the shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.

The city of Virginia Beach is asking that this Friday, you wear blue for remembrance. If you need inspiration, VBCPS's has provided the remarkable outpouring of support they saw on Facebook from their schools last year right after the tragedy.

A release sent out by Superintendent of VBCPS Aaron Spence stated, "The global health crisis has limited the ability for us to remember and grieve together what happened May 31, 2019. I know we wish we could."

However, there are other ways to remember those fallen. The city has created a website for remembrance, loveforvb.com. They have adopted the forget-me-not flower, a perennial that blooms year after year. The adapted symbol embodies the 17 victims and the entire community that embraces their families.

You’re invited to plant, draw or color and display them. The website offers downloadable coloring sheets and it features social media photo frames for your use.

The City of Virginia Beach has also asked that all residents of Hampton Roads participate in a moment of silence this Friday at 4:06 p.m.

This Sunday, May 31, at 4:06 p.m., there will be a virtual remembrance ceremony on loveforvb.com. Residents are also invited to leave your white or blue-colored porch light on that evening.

The VB Strong Center has additional programming for this weekend. You can visit their calendar of events at this link.

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