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Attend the WDVA Virtual Memorial Day ceremony

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(WQOW) - Even though many local ceremonies have been canceled this year due to COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding a virtual ceremony this Memorial Day.

“Every citizen across this nation owes a debt to those who, in President Lincoln’s words, ‘gave their last full measure of devotion.’ We will still honor and express our sincerest gratitude to the soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen who died in defense of our nation and our values with a beautiful online ceremony,” said WDVA Secretary Mary Kolar.

The virtual ceremony begins Monday at 9 AM. The event will include a host of speakers as well as music and history.

Then at 3 PM, the WDVA is calling on people to join them in playing Taps as part of the National Moment of Remembrance. A video of Taps is available on their website.

And to assist families in celebrating this memorial day, the WDVA is also providing resources and activities that both children and adults can do to commemorate those to have died in military service.

The WDVA would also like to say that state cemeteries are still open from sunrise to sunset, but visitors should still observe social distancing guidelines while at the facilities.

The virtual ceremony and other resources can be found here.

Corey Viars

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