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May 1, 2009

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2009 Memorial Day Parade
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Portsmouth to Salute Military With 125th Memorial Day Parade

Portsmouth, Virginia (May 1, 2009) -- The nation’s oldest annually held parade turns 125 this year! The City of Portsmouth presents the 125th Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25th at 11 a.m. in downtown Portsmouth.

Annually, the Memorial Day Parade salutes the service and sacrifices of the men and women of the military and celebrates Portsmouth’s proud military heritage. This year’s parade will include floats, marching band units, military units, lots of excitement, and much more.

Rear Admiral Bob Kiser, Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, will be the Grand Marshal for this historic 125th parade.

The Parade Route
The 1800 block of High Street at I.C. Norcom High School will be the starting point for the parade which will travel east on High Street; turn right on Crawford Street; and end at Columbia Street.

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Portsmouth

Here are more events scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend in Portsmouth!

Thursday, May 21:
Exhibit opening:
“THE WHEELS OF PROGRESS: Portsmouth & the Navy Yard, 1881-1920”

At the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, located at the corner of High and Water Streets in Downtown Portsmouth; 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
As the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum’s newest permanent exhibit, it will focus on the Portsmouth and Norfolk Navy Yard’s role in the emergence of modern America, including industrialization, immigration, women’s suffrage, naval modernization, and World War I. Free admission and no registration required for the exhibit opening event.

Saturday, May 23:
Elizabeth River Run and Children’s Museum of Virginia Fun Run

A fun-filled 30th Elizabeth River Run, 10K, with magnificent views of the Elizabeth River and a path through Olde Towne. Following the race will be a post race celebration at the nTelos Pavilion. Proceeds from the Children's Fun Run to benefit the renovation and expansion of the Children's Museum of Virginia.

Exhibit and Special Activities*:
“THE WHEELS OF PROGRESS: Portsmouth & the Navy Yard, 1881-1920”

Journey back to the dawn of the 20th century! Enjoy hands-on activities, living history, and discover Portsmouth’s historic role in the birth of modern America.
At the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, corner of High and Water Streets in Downtown Portsmouth; 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
*Special activities included with paid admission -- $1.50 adults; $1 for seniors; and 50 cents for students ages two to17.

Sunday, May 24:
Naval Shipyard Museum will be open from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Monday, May 25:

And after the parade, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

  • A United States Coast Guard cutter and The Fireboat will be open to the public at High Street Landing
  • "Come Sea History!" -- Tidewater Maritime Living History Association will be on site offering living history demonstrations
  • The Friends of the Naval Shipyard Museum will be distributing free maritime history books.
  • Activities inside the Naval Shipyard Museum. All active duty and retired military members’ admission to the Naval Shipyard Museum and Courthouse Galleries will be free on Memorial Day with a valid military ID.

Also, many downtown restaurants will be open!

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