Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Arlington and other national cemeteries loosen restrictions before Memorial Day.

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Arlington National Ceremonies across the United States and the cemetery of more than 150 national veterans will drop many restrictions imposed during the coronovirus epidemic and vaccinate visitors gather in large groups at graves without wearing masks Will allow .

Last Memorial Day, with the first wave of coronovirus cases in the country reverberating, the National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Arlington, Washington, DC, closed or modified many of its sacred traditions. Not more than 10 members of the family could attend each funeral; Mask worn by Army Old Guard soldiers; And the folded flag was usually presented by hand to the family, instead being placed on a table next to the tomb. Arlington closed the Tomb of the Unknown to visitors, although the tomb was monitored by the military Continued uninterrupted.

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In 2020 ceremonies were suspended at sites of the National Cemetery Administration nationwide. So while the right rows of white headstones were hosting large numbers of veterans’ funerals due to the epidemic toll, burials often took place with bugle ringing “taps”. Due to no rifle salute and travel restrictions, no family was in attendance.

While cemetery officials said this commemoration day would still be reduced compared to previous years, there are no plans for larger events at national cemeteries, but welcomed the relaxation of restrictions that would allow more visitors. He said traditional cemetery ceremonies are being slowly restored as conditions allow.

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With the number of new cases declining and the number of people climbing in the United States, Arlington National Cemetery reopened its metro stop on Sunday; Its visitor center will reopen on Thursday; And the Tomb of the Unknown People is once again welcoming visitors. Thousands of veterans and relatives usually gather at the cemetery to honor the dead on Memorial Day.

Masks will still be required for everyone inside the home, and unvaccinated visitors will be required to wear masks both indoors and outdoors.

“We are a very happy family and able to honor, remember and explore visitors to get a complete visitor experience,” said Karen Durham-Aguilera, executive director of Arlington National Cemetery.

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