National Veterans Cemeteries will allow for the massive placement of flags across the United States to commemorate Memorial Day.
This is one of many events and ceremonies scheduled for this year and complies with the most recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition, Cantigny VFW extension 367 in Joliet, 826 Horseshoe Drive, will host a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 30.
Volunteers who wish to place flags at local national cemeteries, including the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, should contact the local national cemetery.
“Memorial Day is a sacred day when we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom,” said AV Secretary Denis McDonough. “We can never forget those heroes and the families who continue to mourn the loss of their mother, father, son, daughter, sister or brother who stood in the gap for each of us to maintain the same democracy that we are in. able to cherish each day. ”
McDonough will preside over the wreath laying at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia on Friday, May 28. .
Live broadcast, recorded videos and photographs of these and other ceremonies will be shared on the National Cemetery Administration’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Additionally, all 155 VA national cemeteries will be open on Memorial Day weekend from dawn until dusk. Fully-staffed cemeteries will also hold brief wreath-laying ceremonies followed by a moment of silence and taps during Memorial Day weekend, but these will not be open to the public.
VA will also be launching new features at the Veterans Legacy Memorial site in time for Memorial Day. Originally launched in 2019, VLM contains a commemorative page for each of the nearly four million veterans and service members buried in a VA national cemetery where visitors can leave written tributes.
On Memorial Day weekend, VLM will allow online visitors to submit photos and biographical summaries of a veteran’s life, as well as historical documents such as award quotes, letters and newspaper clippings. Another feature will allow visitors to follow their veteran’s page and receive email alerts when new content is posted.
VA will also continue to partner with Carry The Load this “Memorial May” to honor the sacrifices made by service members, veterans, first responders and their families. Throughout the month of May, the organization’s volunteers will parade on four routes across the country, visiting 42 VA national cemeteries along the way. To learn more about Carry The Load and to register for a relay stage, visit www.carrytheload.org.
For more information on VA Memorial Day commemorations, contact your local National Cemetery or NCA Public Affairs Manager Les’ Melnyk at [email protected]