You’ll see blue all over Virginia Beach

(Southside Daily/Melanie Occhiuzzo)
(Southside Daily/Melanie Occhiuzzo)

VIRGINIA BEACH — People from around the world have reached out here with “love and kindness,” asking what they can do to support the city and honor the victims of the May 31 municipal center shooting.

Officials said the city will be lighting up landmark locations throughout Virginia Beach in blue in honor of the 12 who died in that horrific incident.

“We are inviting others to join us in solidarity by lighting up buildings in blue now through this Saturday, June 8,” officials said.

Tuesday, blue lighting was turned on at the following locations throughout Virginia Beach:

  • Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center – 717 General Booth Blvd.
  • Virginia Beach Convention Center Tower – 1000 19th St.
  • Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Building 30 – 2508 Princess Anne Rd.
  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art – 2200 Parks Ave.
  • Law Enforcement Memorial – 35th Street at the Boardwalk
  • Wave Sculpture – 31st Street – Laskin Road Roundabout
  • The Lesner Bridge – Shore Drive
  • Clark Nexsen Building – 4525 Main St. at Virginia Beach Town Center

Virginia Beach City Public Schools will be participating where possible as well, officials said.

“We appreciate everyone who is willing to light up their home, business, school, place of worship or website to show their support,” officials said.

Anyone interested in providing monetary support, officials said to consider donating here or by texting the keyword VABEACH to 41444.

Virginia Beach has partnered with United Way to process the donations and those affected by the tragedy will receive 100 percent of the funds raised. Please note, because these funds will go directly to individuals, donations are not tax deductible.

The city also welcomes offers from those interested in volunteering to assist in the aftermath of this tragedy and that effort is being coordinated through VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads​.

Officials are asking “volunteers do not self-deploy and remain at home until they are contacted and given instructions,” and to be “sure that you have filled out a complete profile on the VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads website​ so that we can properly contact you should you be needed.”

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.