On May 29th 2017, the Virgin Islands Office of Veterans Affairs and the American Legion have partnered once again to commemorate all Veterans who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and honor those who are still serving our country faithfully, loyally and with honor.
Following our custom, we will have activities on all three islands. Listed below are the dates, times and locations of this year’s events:
May 27-28, 2017
All-day Placement of flags on Veterans Graves STT, STJ, and STX
May 28, 2017
- 3pm – Graveside Ceremony (David Collins), Eastern Cemetery, STT
- 3pm – Graveside Ceremony (Enrique Quinones), Kingshill Cemetery, STX
- 3pm – Memorial Day Ceremony, Cruz Bay St., John (Frank Powell Park)
May 29, 2017
- 9:30am – Memorial Day March, Frederiksted, St. Croix (Post Office)
- 9:30am – Memorial Day March, Charlotte Amalie, St.Thomas (Cemetery #1)
The procession will start at the Post Office in Frederiksted via police escort and proceed to the Frederiksted Cemetery for the graveside ceremony then on to the Frederiksted waterfront, adjacent to the Verne I. Richards Veterans Memorial Park, for the seaside service. The Official Commemoration Ceremony will be held at the Verne I. Richards Veterans Memorial Park immediately after. Keynote Speaker will be Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Christopher M. Dubose, Army Instructor at St. Croix Central High School JROTC.
Activities will start with a graveside ceremony at the entrance of Western Ceremony #1. After the graveside ceremony the procession will start, via police escort, from the Western Cemetery and proceed to the Emil White bust on the waterfront for the seaside ceremony. After the seaside ceremony we will then proceed up the waterfront making a left turn before the ASFOUR Dept. Store toward mainstreet; making a right onto mainstreet and proceeding forward until we get to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Veterans Park. The Official Commemoration Ceremony will be held immediately after at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Veterans Park. Keynote Speaker will be First Sergeant Monet Davis, First Sergeant of the Virgin Island’s 73rd Army National Guard Band.
There will be no march on St. John. The official ceremony will take place at the Frank Powell Park starting at 3pm Sunday May 28th 2017. Keynote Speaker will be Colonel (Retired) Alfred Francis, Senior Instructor at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School JROTC.