Missouri Veterans Commission News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2020
JEFFERSON CITY – Memorial Day public ceremonies have been cancelled at all five Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries due to COVID-19 concerns.
Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries continue to follow CDC and National Cemetery Administration cautionary guidelines on large gatherings of 10 or more individuals.
On Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, Missouri State Veterans Cemetery Directors will render appropriate honors and lower all flags to half-staff to honor all Veterans interred in Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries at all five State Veteran Cemeteries. Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries are located at Bloomfield, Higginsville, Jacksonville, Springfield, and Ft. Leonard Wood. To further honor our Veterans and include citizens who will not be able to attend our ceremonies due to the current emergency, the Missouri Veterans Commission will provide a video honoring our Veterans on its social media platforms in lieu of the traditional in-person ceremony.
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was established as a day for Americans to honor those who were killed during the Civil War. It was not until after World War I that Memorial Day was expanded to honor those who have died in all American wars. Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971 and was placed on the last Monday in May.
WHAT: Missouri State Veterans Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony
WHO: Jim Nugent, Director - Missouri State Veterans Cemetery Program
WHERE: Missouri State Veterans Cemeteries
Bloomfield, Higginsville, Jacksonville, Springfield, Ft. Leonard Wood
WHEN: Memorial Day - Monday, May 25, 2020
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