With the Norfolk War of 1812 commemoration right around the corner, I wanted to take a moment to encourage each and every one of you in Hampton Roads to come out next week, see your Navy and our Sailors, and enjoy the many activities and events scheduled throughout the week. The events begin this Friday with the start of the Patriotic Festival in Virginia Beach where the Blue Angels will be performing (June 1, 2 and 3).
In addition, the city of Norfolk and this year’s Harborfest will be hosting OpSail 2012 Virginia from June 6-12 as part of the commemoration. There will be three different Parade of Sails, all which will feature our Navy and Coast Guard ships as well as international Navy ships and Tall Ships from around the world. There will be quite a few family events taking place along the Norfolk waterfront during the week, including public tours of our ships, so I encourage you to come out and take full advantage of all the activities. The following links provide the full details on all the events occurring throughout the region.
In addition to giving you an update on the Norfolk War of 1812 events, I want to provide you with a copy of an article I recently wrote for The Virginian-Pilot. Give it a read and let me know what you think.
All the best, JCHjr
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