VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — One year ago today, the city of Virginia Beach experienced the worst act of violence that has ever happened in the city, and it permanently altered the fabric of the community.

A gunman stole the lives of 12 people and injured four others during a mass shooting in Virginia Beach, on May 31, 2019.

On the anniversary of the tragedy, Governor Northam has ordered the Capitol and all government facilities in the state to lower the Virginia flag to half staff from sunrise to sunset.

Family and friends of one of the victims Katherine Nixon — who worked as an engineer in the Public Utilities Department — held a parade Sunday in her honor.

Residents in Virginia have made special tributes to remember the victims and their families.

Mt. Trashmore made sure to not miss a moment to honor the 12 lives lost on that day with the unveiling of the giant Forget-Me-Not flower.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria also reflected on the lasting effects of the tragedy and the resilience of the Virginia Beach community.

“May 31 is a day that changed our Virginia Beach community forever. Together, we grieved for those who lost their lives in this senseless shooting, kept their memories and legacy alive, and worked together to rebuild from this tragedy,” said Congresswoman Luria. “As the days, weeks, and months go by, I continue to be inspired by the acts of heroism during the shooting and signs of resiliency our community has displayed since that day.”

Mayor Bobby Dyer issued this proclamation that calls for the flag of the City of Virginia Beach to be flown at half-staff in all City buildings and on City grounds from May 29 through sunset on May 31, 2020 and that names Sunday, May 31, 2020 as Love For VB Day.

The city of Virginia Beach will be hosting a virtual memorial to honor the victims of the May 31st shooting. Memorial information can be found HERE.

Residents can participate through at-home activities in remembrance of the tragedy.

  • Wear Blue (the color of remembrance)
  • Plant Forget-Me-Not flowers
    • If you have a green thumb, plant some Forget-Me-Nots. They’re a perennial and will bloom year after year. In general, the meaning behind this flower is remembrance and love. We adapted it, creating our own version that includes elements representing the 17 victims and the community that surrounds them.
  • Window Displays
  • Leave your light on Sunday, May 31, (white or blue)
  • Social Media Frame:
    • There are Forget-Me-Not frames you can add to your Facebook profile picture.

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