The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will commemorate Memorial Day this year with solemn wreath-laying ceremonies.
While the department can’t hold large public ceremonies, VA will still honor Veterans and service members with the solemn dignity and respect they have earned through their service and sacrifice.
VA Secretary Robert Wilkie will preside over the wreath laying at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia on Memorial Day. Acting Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Pamela Powers will do the same at Culpeper National Cemetery in Virginia, while Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves will lay a wreath at Riverside National Cemetery on May 22, and at Calverton National Cemetery in New York on Memorial Day. The ceremonies will not be open to the public and other public events associated with Memorial Day at national cemeteries, including group placement of flags at gravesites, will not take place.
Cemetery visitors are asked to adhere to health and safety guidelines and maintain physical distancing while visiting. 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.