In honor of our Sister City of Moss, Norway, the annual Remembrance of the Norwegian Lady Ceremony will take place on March 30th at the Oceanfront surrounding the statue.  This event is sponsored by The Sons of Norway.  Come out and join them for the annual event commemorating the shipwreck of the Dictator and the figurehead from it that became the model for the Norwegian Lady Staute.


Tallwood High School’s Global Studies Department, under the leadership of SCAVB Secretary/Treasurer, Rebecca Gurley is sponsoring both inbound and outbound exchanges across the world.  Most notably, with Virginia Beach’s Sister City of Moss, Norway where students will attend the International Youth Peace Conference August 12-16, 2014.  Students will also travel to our Sister City in Northern Ireland, April 4-12, 2014 and then host a group in Virginia Beach in September.  On March 17-31, 2014 they will host students from our Friendship City of Olongapo, Philippines.

SCAVB will help defray travel expenses for the Moss, Norway trip by contributing $100 per student toward airfare.


On July 25, 2012, a ribbon cutting was held at Red Wing Park to dedicate the Azumaya, patterned after a simple style house of eastern Japan.  It is a setting for contemplation, meditation and reflection.  Built in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Sister Cityhood of Virginia Beach and Miyazaki City, Japan, the Azumaya was completed in March 2012.  

The Miyazaki Garden at Red Wing Park is a unique setting; which is open to the public year round.  The Azumaya anchors the rear entrance of the park and features flagstone flooring and walls made of parapet.  Dimensional lumber, bamboo, cedar shingles and roof sheating along with other materials complete the structure.

The dedication was enhanced by the presence of  The Honorable William D. Sessoms, Jr., Mayor and Chairmanof the Board Mrs. Ruth Hodges Fraser, President, Sister Cities Association of Virginia Beach, Mr. Tatsuya Ishida, President, Miyazaki Sister Cities and Dr. Hiroyuki Hamada, Chair, Japan Cultural Education Center.


SCAVB members participated in the 2011 Neptune Festival Parade. This effort, led by Kim Baylor, is a first for the Association and was a great way to let citizens and visitors know about Virginia Beach’s Sister City affiliations. A great time was reported by all the “floaters”. A special thanks to the members, friends and family who helped to decorate the float which was donated by the Neptune Festival.