Virginia Beach extends application deadline for 5/31 Memorial Committee

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Building 2 at Virginia Beach’s municipal complex as it was adorned on the anniversary of the mass shooting, May 31, 2020 (WAVY Photo)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Residents hoping to apply for the 5/31 Memorial Committee in Virginia Beach now have extra days to do so.

The city has extended the deadline to apply to Monday, Nov. 15. The questionnaire and application are available HERE. Both are due to City Clerk Amanda Barnes by Nov. 15.

The City has hired consulting firm Kearns & West to facilitate the memorial planning process. The firm will serve as the family and survivor liaison, facilitate the Memorial Committee, and create multiple opportunities for the families, survivors, and community to provide input in the memorial planning process.

After applicant names and identifying information have been redacted, the questionnaires will be reviewed by the family and survivor liaison for recommendations to the City Council.

The goals and responsibilities of the 5/31 Memorial Committee will include:

  • creating firm protocols for meeting structure and consensus-building
  • creating a vision for the memorial
  • setting project priorities goals, and building consensus on the design
  • leading a transparent process open to any interested members of the public or stakeholders
  • advocating for the families, survivors and community
  • soliciting input from the stakeholders and public
  • developing design goals and recommendations on the memorial site, and funding for the memorial using collected input
  • determining a preferred location for the memorial
  • providing project budgets and mobilizing funding
  • soliciting design proposals
  • reviewing proposals, conducting selection process, and making a final recommendation to City Council
  • overseeing the installation and dedication of memorial

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