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Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sister Cities

Moss, Norway and Virginia Beach, USA

 
 
Sister Cities Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 12, 2017
1. Sister Cities Marker
Inscription. The relationship between Moss, Norway and Virginia Beach had its beginnings when the Norwegian ship, Dictator, went down in a storm off Virginia Beach March 27th, 1891. A shipping line in Moss, Norway owned the Dictator. In 1974 the bond forged in tragedy became official when the Virginia Beach City Council adopted a resolution inviting Moss to become its first sister city. The Council of Alderman of the City of Moss accepted the invitation.

Reciprocal visits by the mayors of both cities have served to keep the historic tie between the two cities fresh and vibrant. Unofficial visits by Norwegian royalty, private citizens, choral groups and others over the years have further strengthened the relationship.

A ceremony arranged by the Ladies of the Virginia Beach Fire Department Auxiliary, commemorating the wreck of the Dictator and the Moss affiliation takes place here at the Norwegian Lady statue in March each year.

Sister Cities International promotes respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.
 
Location. 36° 51.218′ N, 75° 58.549′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 25th Street, on the left when traveling
Norwegian Lady Statue image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, September 12, 2017
2. Norwegian Lady Statue
south. Touch for map. The marker is located just east of the Naval Aviation Monument Park and just west of the Virginia Beach boardwalk. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Wreck of the Dictator and The Norwegian Lady Statue (a few steps from this marker); Naval Aviation Monument Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Naval Air Station Oceana (within shouting distance of this marker); The United States Life-Saving Service Stations & Crews (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The War of 1812 / President – Little Belt Affair (about 600 feet away); Neptune (approx. 0.4 miles away); Neighborhood Alert! (approx. 0.7 miles away); Who's in the neighborhood? (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
 
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Wreck of the Dictator image. Click for full size.
By Paul Saunier, Sr., November 21, 2017
3. Wreck of the Dictator
Bow section of the Dictator exposed by Ash Wednesday storm in 1962. Now covered over by sand, it lies 100 feet southeast of 61st Street in Virginia Beach, VA
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 19, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 19, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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