RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/WFXR) — Memorial Day is a day of remembering those who have died while serving in the U.S. military, but this year many ceremonies are turning virtual due to COVID-19.
Here are some ways Virginians can commemorate the day from home:
2020 Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony
The annual ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial Shrine of Memory will be aired virtually starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 25. The public can tune into the livestream on Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) Facebook page or the Virginia War Memorial Facebook page.
Public ceremonies will not be held at state veterans cemeteries in Dublin, Amelia and Suffolk. However, an American flag will be posted on all grave sites and the Avenue of Flags will line cemetery roadways from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day.
In addition, families who would like to place a wreath at the Virginia War Memorial can do so anytime after 11:30 a.m. on Memorial Day through Friday, May 29. Social distancing guidelines must be followed.
National Park Service Virtual Tribute
The National Park Service kicked off a 13 hour livestream at 8 a.m. on Memorial Day to honor “military service and sacrifice through the nation’s history.”