USO Hampton Roads was thrilled to be a part of this year’s Virginia Beach Patriotic Festival. The three-day event “is a salute and celebration of the U.S. Military. This is a time for the Hampton Roads region…to remember the men and women of the United States Military for their heroism and their sacrifices they make for Americans.” Other sponsors included The City of Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and Produced by Whisper Concerts.
Thousands of festival-goers enjoyed concerts, food, fun, and more, but the biggest motivator behind it all was an opportunity to say “Thank You” to those who serve. “The largest concentration of military in the word is in Hampton Roads,” Bruce LaLonde from the USO told WAVY.com. “We are taking time to say thanks.”
Timed to coincide with the start of the festival was the final leg of the Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge. After six days of cycling through 350 miles of Virginiaroads , the 100+ riders arrived at Virginia Beach to enjoy the festivities and relax after their incredible journey.
Also part of the Festival was the 100,000th reading of United Through Reading’s Military Program, which is administered through USO Centers around the world. We’ll have more on that milestone tomorrow, and in the meantime, enjoy the videos below that captured this fantastic weekend for the Troops!