NORFOLK SOCIETY FOR CEMETERY CONSERVATION

          Preserving, protecting, & promoting Norfolk's historic cemeteries.

The NSCC invites you to attend a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at West Point Cemetery honoring African American war veterans. May 31, 2021, 11:00 am. This event is organized by the Adam Thoroughgood Chapter – National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR ) and the Norfolk Society for Cemetery Conservation (NSCC). More information: nsccva.org

 

  • Congresswoman Elaine Luria will attend to speak and lay a wreath for the dedication. 
  • Darrell Crittendon, Director of Recreation, Parks and Open Space will provide opening remarks.
  • The American Legion 2nd District Honor Guard will be presenting the colors, and the Rising Sun #2 Lodge, 1st Masonic District, Prince Hall Masons will attend and give the invocation.

 

This year marks the Centennial of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.  DAR chapters around the country are planting commemorative gardens to honor all veterans. The garden in West Point Cemetery is in memory of our own African American veterans, known and unknown, buried in West Point Cemetery. 19 Headstones of African American veterans of the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and Korean War have been cleaned to honor interred veterans in West Point.

 

Directions:  238 E. Princess Anne Road. Enter through Elmwood cemetery and follow the signs. Entrance to West Point is on the far left of Elmwood.  The ceremony will take place at the Civil War memorial containing a statue depicting Norfolk Native Sergeant William Carney who was the first African American to earn the Medal of Honor. Parking is available on the lanes in the cemetery.