This organization has launched a campaign in response to the Virginia Beach Municipal mass shooting

Virginia Beach residents visit a memorial outside of Building 11 dedicated to the 12 victims lost in the Municipal Center shooting. (Southside Daily/Lucretia Cunningham)
Virginia Beach residents visit a memorial outside of Building 11 dedicated to the 12 lives lost in the Municipal Center shooting. (Southside Daily/Lucretia Cunningham)

NORFOLK — Signs of Strength.

Simple enough to understand what those words mean, but it holds a higher level of significance, in a time following the shooting that killed 12 people and injured four others May 31 in Virginia Beach.

Signs of Strength is a campaign created by VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads to demonstrate the strength and support the community has shown in response to the Virginia Beach mass shooting.

Organizers said 12 blank banners will be posted at businesses and community spaces throughout Hampton Roads for the public to sign and send their messages of hope, hurt, healing, and strength to the victims and survivors of the shooting.

After the completion of the project VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads will gift the signs to the city of Virginia Beach.

Local businesses will host a sign between Wednesday (June 12) and Saturday, June 15.

The full list of the dates, times, and locations that each sign will be posted can be found at here.

Here are the local locations:

Virginia Beach– TowneBank on Princess Anne Road, New Realm Brewing, Chick’s Oyster Bar, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Lidl on Edison Road and Lynnhaven Mall.

Norfolk– MacArthur Mall, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce at the Main.

To learn more about VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads, click here.

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Melanie Occhiuzzo started her professional journalism career at Southside Daily in June of 2018. She has since become a storyteller for the local community with special interest in anything locally-owned or animal related. You can find her running between meetings, researching the latest dog story online or reporting on the local school systems.