Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday, commemorating those who have died in military service to their country. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. This year it falls on Monday, May 25, 2020. The holiday is generally marked with parades and ceremonies in public and gatherings large and small that probably include barbecues. Though things have changed this year, there are plenty of Richmond-specific, safe ways to mark Memorial Day.
Richmond Area Memorial Day Events:
Sunday, May 24, 2020
•Virtual Liberty or Death Reenactment, St. John’s Church recorded in honor of the 245th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s fiery speech. 1pm
Monday, May 25, 2020
•Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony – Livestream at the Virginia War Memorial, Monday, May 25, 2020 at 10 AM – 11 AM
The Virginia War Memorial will host this year’s ceremony “virtually” by livestream and broadcast. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the War Memorial will not host a public ceremony, but rather invite the public to join virtually, to honor our Virginia’s heroes. The Virginia War Memorial’s exteriors remain open during daylight hours to allow individuals to engage in outdoor activity, provided they comply with social distancing requirements.
Live broadcast: WTVR-TV CBS 6.1 & 6.3 television in Richmond
More details at:
•Online event-Memorial Day at Fort Harrison National Cemetery
•Confederate Memorial Chapel online event
•Memorial Day Silent Display at VFW Post 10657, 11568 Cedar Lane, Ashland, Virginia – Display at the VFW Post on Cedar Lane on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day) from 11 am – 2 pm, with a line up of vehicles on the strip of land between the highway and the forest. This will be a silent display and for safety reasons, no food served. People encouraged to stop and talk while maintaining the proper social distance with VFW members. In accordance to Hanover County’s conditions, there will be no rides.
There are plenty of other ways you can honor and mark Memorial Day that are distinctly Richmond-connected:
•Visit Richmond-area historic sites that have a military connection.
•Visit the American Civil War Museum virtually.
•Visit Richmond-area cemeteries to learn more about the soldiers, veterans and military leaders buried there.
•Read about or visit Presidential Landmarks in Virginia.
•Engage in a Day of Service by volunteering with HandsOn Greater Richmond to help veterans and others in need.
•Read about Memorial Days past documented at the Library of Virginia online archives.
•Learn more about Virginia’s Colonial history.
•Take advantage of military discounts.
Enjoy your Memorial Day and be safe!
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