The public is cordially invited to join the Order of Cape Henry 1607, the Daughters of American Colonists, the Mayor of the City of Virginia Beach, Cape Henry Women's Club, Great Bridge Chapter DAR, Norfolk Chapter SAR, Old Donation Episcopal Church and Preservation Virginia for the nation's 96th pilgrimage commemorating the 408th anniversary of the first (English) settlers' landing on our nation's shore, The annual event begins at 2:15 on Sunday afternoon, April 26th, with a brief wreath-laying ceremony at the
Cross, followed by a non-denominational service and reception at First
Landing Chapel on JEB Fort Story. The members of the First Landing Committee, formed with representatives of each of the sponsoring organizations, hope you'll spread the word and
plan ahead to attend this important commemoration and ceremony. (Please click here to see important note regarding new security requirements for public access onto military bases,)
A Depiction of The Reverend Robert Hunt: The First Chaplain at Jamestown
"The nine and twentieth day we set up a cross at
Chesupioc Bay, and named the place Cape Henry."
-George Percy 1
Scene of the unveiling ceremony for the new granite First Landing Cross
at Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The granite cross was
erected by the National Society of the Daughters of American Colonists.
The unveiling was held during the annual Cape Henry Day celebration by
the Daughters of the American Colonists to mark the first landing of
English colonists in April 1607. (Date: 4/26/1935). Photo Courtesy of Norfolk Public Library.
Governor Joseph L. Hurley of Massachusetts; Virginia
Governor George Campbell Peery; Norfolk police officer A. D. Cooper;
Norfolk Councilman Hugh Butler; Norfolk Mayor W. R. L. Taylor; Norfolk
Councilman J. H. Reed; and Councilman John A. Gurkin. Governor George
Campbell Peery and Lt. Governor Hurley were greeted by Mayor Taylor at
Commercial Place while the delegation was making its way with the Royal Norfolk Mace to Virginia
Beach for Cape Henry Day ceremonies held in Virginia Beach. Photo from the Sargeant Memorial Collection of Norfolk Public Library, courtesy of photographer
Charles Borjes for Pilotonline.com - The Virginian-Pilot, taken on April 26,
April 29th 1976: Christian leaders from around the world gather for our nation's bicentennial to reaffirm the founding principles established on April 29th 1607. A wooden cross was then carried from Cape Henry to the foundation site of the new Christian Broadcasting Network.
Photo from the Sargeant Memorial Collection of the Norfolk Public Library.
PRESENT CAPE HENRY CROSS WAS ERECTED
ON APRIL 26 1935 BY THE NATIONAL SOCIETY
THE DAUGHTERS OF AMERICAN COLONISTS
TO COMMEMORATE THE LANDING OF
FIRST ENGLISH SETTLERS ON APRIL 26 1607.
THE SEAL OF THE CITY
OF VIRGINIA BEACH
APPROPRIATELY MEMORIALIZES THE SITE
AS A LANDMARK OF OUR
CAPE HENRY CROSS IS LOCATED IN CAPE HENRY MEMORIAL PARK, WHICH SERVES AS A UNIVERSALLY SYMBOLIC LOCATION FOR CEREMONIES HELD BY MANY LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH, WHICH HOLDS ITS EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE IN THE PARK ANNUALLY.