A Memorial for Hope in the Hampton Roads Community
The Flame of Hope monument was originally conceived in 1972 as a volunteer project headed by Attack Squadron 43 at NAC Oceana. This monument provided squadron personnel with a means to express their concern for the Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (POW/MIAs) of the Vietnam War. The monument was built by volunteers from Construction Battalion 415 and sponsored by the Virginia Beach Jaycees and Oceana wives of the “They’re Not Forgotten” committee. The Virginia Beach Jaycees coordinated contributions from the community which enabled VA-43 to obtain supplies for the memorial. The Flame of Hope was formally dedicated on Friday, May 22, 1972.
Sadly, over the years the park has fallen victim to wear and tear. It is our intention as VB Jaycees to rejuvenate this beautiful green space that proudly memorializes those who have made sacrifices for our freedom.
Phase one was an amazing success, we raised the new flagpole and replaced the damaged sconce around the flame. Now phase two of the project is underway. In this phase, we will install a commemorative brick walkway up to the Flame of Hope Memorial and replace the narration on the stone monument leading up to the flame. The commemorative brick walkway will replace the current black asphalt walkway that is no longer handicapped accessible. It will also give donors an opportunity to memorialize a loved one or make dedication of their support. The narration on the Flame’s descriptive monument, currently printed on fiberglass, will be replaced with a stone etching of the history of the Flame of Hope. Your donation can help make these plans become reality.
All donation are tax deductible and help the Jaycees complete this renovation. To show of our gratitude for you support, we have set up special thank you gifts base on your donation levels.
- $50-$99(NOW ONLY $30 for a limited time!!!) – Commemorative Flame Of Hope Challenge Coin
To donate to the Flame of Hope renovation, please use our PayPal portal linked below and select the Virginia Beach Flame of Hope in the drop down menu. A Flame of Hope committee member will contact all contributors once a donation is made to confirm the details and make dedication arrangements.
Thank you again for your support! Together, we can restore this underutilized green space into the beautiful memorial garden it once was.
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