FORT STORY, Va. (NNS) -- Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story (JEBLCFS) hosted its 86th annual Easter Sunday sunrise service at the historic Cape Henry Memorial Cross on Fort Story March 31.
Senior ranking participants at the service included JEBLCFS Commander Capt. Frank E. Hughlett and Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr., mayor of the City of Virginia Beach, who spoke about the importance of unity and what it means to hold this event at this location.
"We have been doing this for 86 years and I think the partnership that we have with Virginia Beach is important," said Hughlett. "We cannot do this without the support of Virginia Beach and its citizens, and we have to keep that going by coming together as a community."
The annual event is open to the public and promotes a spirit of harmony between base residents and the local civilian population.
"It's an honor to come out to Fort Story this morning," said Sessoms. "Being on a military base, we are able to think about the sacrifice of the people. It's a special place for a sunrise service."
The guest speaker for this year's event was Dr. Dale Coulter of Regent University. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford and has written on the 12th century. He is also part of Evangelicals and Catholics Together and serves as co-editor for Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
The Daughters of the American Colonists erected the on-site memorial cross in 1935 to commemorate the raising of a cross by the first settlers when they came ashore April 26th, 1607. The Cape Henry Memorial Cross is part of the Colonial National Historical Park administered by the National Park Service.
The men and women of JEBLCFS would like to thank the citizens of Hampton Roads for joining them at this annual Easter Sunday service.
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