For eighty-three years, the citizens of Portsmouth have honored an individual for his or her contributions to the Portsmouth community by naming that individual Portsmouth’s First Citizen. The First Citizen Committee, comprised of all living previous honorees, is now accepting nominations for the First Citizen of Portsmouth 2018, to be honored in April 2019.
A Portsmouth First Citizen should be an individual who embodies the spirit of citizenship through his or her service to the community for the sole purpose of and in the spirit of giving. This spirit is evidenced by an individual’s civic, charitable, and religious contributions to fellow citizens, the Portsmouth and Hampton Roads communities, the state and country without remuneration and over and above the pursuit of one’s chosen vocation.
Nominations are now closed for the First Citizen of Portsmouth 2018. Stay tuned for more details about the banquet celebrating this year’s honoree.