PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11, which falls on a Saturday this year. In observance of Veterans Day, there are ceremonies and parades planned across the WAVY viewing area. See the list below for locations, dates and times.



Join the Mayor’s Commission on Veterans Affairs on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. for a special Veterans Day Ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the Chesapeake Veterans Memorial in front of City Hall.


Veterans Day Pancake Breakfast

November 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
North Phoebus Community Center
249 West Chamberlin Avenue
This free breakfast is dedicated to all the brave military veterans. Attendees must be a military veteran. 

Veterans Day Ceremony
November 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hampton VA Medical Center
100 Emancipation Drive
The event, held near the waterfront of the Chesapeake Bay on the grounds of the medical center, is our opportunity to recognize all those who have served and reflect on the importance and magnitude of their commitment.

Answering the Call- Veterans Day at Fort Monroe
November 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Continental Park
Fort Monroe
Throughout the weekend there will be Living History Interpreters in Continental Park giving an immersive experience of what life was like for soldiers in various conflicts involving the United States military.

Veterans Day Football Game
November 11, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Armstrong Stadium
Hampton University
Join the Hampton University Pirates as they take on William & Mary this Veterans Day at Armstrong Stadium. There will be a special halftime surprise during the game!

Newport News

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held in Newport News on Saturday, November 11 at 11 a.m. at Huntington Park in front of the Virginia War Museum, 9285 Warwick Boulevard. The ceremony is hosted by American Legion Braxton-Perkins Post 25.


General Douglas MacArthur Memorial

Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander will provide remarks at a Veterans Day Ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 at 2 p.m at the General Douglas MacArthur Memorial at 198 Bank Street. The featured speaker is Lieutenant General Brian W. Cavanaugh, Commander, United States Marine Corps Forces Command; Commanding
General, Fleet Marine Force Atlantic; and Commander, Marine Corps Forces North.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

A wreath-laying will follow at the memorial rotunda.

Old Dominion University Ceremony

Old Dominion University alum, Capt. Janet Days, the first Black woman to serve as commanding officer of Naval Station Norfolk, will be the keynote speaker at Old Dominion University’s Veterans Day observance.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 on Kaufman Mall (or the lobby of Webb University Center in case of inclement weather). To attend the ceremony, RSVP here.


Join the City of Portsmouth for its Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the High Street Landing flag pole.

Virginia Beach

Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center Ceremonies

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services, or DVS, is scheduled to host Veterans Day ceremonies on Friday, Nov. 10. The Commonwealth’s Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the new Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center. Marks the official grand opening of Virginia’s newest Veterans Care Center.

Tidewater Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony

Traffic will be blocked in parts of Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Saturday, November 11, 2023 for the Tidewater Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Virginia Wesleyan University Veterans Day Ceremony

Virginia Wesleyan University will hold a special ceremony to commemorate Veterans Day on Friday, November 10 at 12 p.m. on Godwin Lawn, featuring former Navy SEAL and volunteer assistant men’s lacrosse coach Sam Jones.

“Veterans Day has always had special meaning for me as my father served in the Second World War,” says VWU President Scott D. Miller. “With so many veterans in the Coastal Virginia community, honoring Veterans Day is a small way that we can thank those who have given so much.”

Virginia Beach History Museums

The Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department, will present “A Veteran’s Story,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum (PACTS/UKHS), 5100 Cleveland St., in honor of those who have served in the United States military.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is available online at this link.


The City of Williamsburg invites the public to help place more than 500 flags on the graves of veterans in Cedar Grove Cemetery at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. Anyone interested should meet Caretaker Bill Brown at the flagpole in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Flags will be provided.


Cape Hatteras

The Cape Hatteras Secondary School’s Annual Veterans Celebration will be held on Nov. 9, 2023 at 9 a.m. The school is located at 48576 Hwy 12 in Buxton.

The day commences at 9:00 AM in the CHSS cafeteria, where veterans are invited to gather, reconnect, and enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by CHSS Foods and Nutrition classes.