Coronavirus impacts customary memorial events
President Trump’s Memorial Day message can be read here. It includes proclaiming Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, designating 11:00 a.m. in each locality as a time when we may unite in prayer. The President also asks all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time today, as we remember how priceless freedom is and honor those who have fought to preserve it.
This year’s commemorations will be markedly different due to the Coronavirus and restrictions on large gatherings. The National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, where thousands gather for a memorial ceremony, will not host events this year. The cemetery will be open to visitors, though they will be prohibited from placing flags on graves.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs issued this announcement regarding guidelines and restrictions. Graves of loved ones can be accessed through Veterans Legacy Memorial website.
There is no adequate way in which to thank those who gave up their lives ensuring our continued freedoms. It’s my sincere prayer that God will bless their souls and bring peace to their families.
Today’s U.S. Military is all volunteer. The draft ended December 7, 1972.