Lending solemn dignity, military comportment, and a symbol of the nation’s unending gratitude at every burial the squad participates in, observers find themselves deeply moved by the comfort and sincere solace given by volunteer members of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Squad to the families of veterans being buried at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
When the flag is presented to one of the loved one’s at the service, the following is quoted:
“On behalf of a great and grateful Nation, the President of the United States, and the Armed Forces, it is an honor to present this flag, for the honorable service your loved one provided our country.”
It matters not how extreme the cold, snow, rain or summer’s heat, very little has prevented the Memorial Squad from the completion of their appointed duty. Memorial Squad volunteers take justifiable pride in the fact that they have not failed to provide military burial honors because of inclement weather or other climate catastrophes.
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery to follow NCA Memorial Day Guidelines
Memorial Day 2020
Memorial Day Commemorations at NCA Cemeteries
The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is committed to observing Memorial Day 2020 in a manner that honors those who sacrificed for our Nation while protecting the health and safety of visitors and our team members.
All 142 VA national cemeteries will be open for visitation throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Families and friends are welcome to place flowers or individual flags at Veterans’ gravesites. Cemetery visitors are asked to adhere to CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines and local travel restrictions.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCA is using existing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health guidance to maintain physical distancing, limit the size of gatherings, and encourage vulnerable populations to remain sheltered in place to inform our decisions. The health and safety of visitors, Veterans, volunteers and team members must be our primary consideration at this time.
NCA made the difficult decision to not host public events for Memorial Day, including the mass placement and retrieval of gravesite flags by any groups. NCA relies largely on volunteers for placement and retrieval of gravesite flags for Memorial Day and these activities attract thousands of volunteers annually. Limiting the number of volunteers is not practical.
Cemetery staff will conduct a wreath-laying ceremony to officially commemorate Memorial Day. While we cannot extend an invitation to the public to attend due to health and safety concerns, NCA will share pictures of the event on Facebook and other social media.