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VA national cemeteries to commemorate Memorial Day

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Posted at 9:01 AM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 10:01:25-04

The Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration announced today that it will commemorate Memorial Day a little different than normal.

To adhere to CDC guidelines, the VA is offering new ways to commemorate Memorial Day.

Each VA national cemetery will conduct a brief wreath-laying ceremony, accompanied by a moment of silence and the playing of Taps. In keeping with CDC guidelines to limit large gatherings, the ceremonies will not be open to the public.

The VA is also allowing the public to pay respects online at Veterans Legacy Memorial.

Other public events typically associated with Memorial Day at national cemeteries, including group placement of flags at gravesites, will not take place. However, all VA national cemeteries will be open Memorial Day weekend from dawn to dusk for public visitation.

Visitors are also urged to consider visiting Friday, Saturday or Sunday to avoid possible crowds on Memorial Day.

Families may continue the tradition of placing flowers and small American flags at their Veteran’s gravesite.

Cemetery visitors are asked to adhere to health and safety guidelines and maintain physical distancing while visiting.