THE TRANSATLANTIC MAGAZINE
The American Battle Monuments Commission has confirmed that Memorial Day events will take place virtually this year, to make sure we can continue to honor American service personnel despite the current lockdown situation.
The ABMC had already confirmed that all of their memorial sites, including the Cambridge American Cemetery and Brookwood American Cemetery in the UK, would be closed during the lockdown. This has understandably meant that events planned for Memorial Day, on Monday May 25, will be closed to the general public. The ABMC will continue to host a ceremony. They wrote in a post on their website that "As our commemoration duties are of the utmost importance, Memorial Day will be commemorated with small and private wreath laying ceremonies at each ABMC cemetery. Two ceremonies, one at a WWI and another at a WWII cemetery, will be recorded and made available on ABMC social media platforms on May 25, 2020."
The ABMC went on to write that "On behalf of the fallen, their families and comrades in arms, ABMC continues to work daily under today’s challenging circumstances to fulfill General of the Armies John J. Perishing’s promise that “time will not dim the glory of their deeds.”