Whoops! If this website isn't showing properly, it could be that you're using an old browser. For the full American Magazine experience, click here for details on updating your internet browser.


The American masthead
1040 Abroad
Memorial Day Could Memorial Day 2020 events happen online during the Coronavirus Lockdown? Photo inside screen, Brookwood Cemetery © Michael Burland

Sign up to The American magazine's newsletters (below) to receive more regular news, articles and updates on America in the UK.

American Legion Encourages Virtual Memorial Day Events

The organization is suggesting Americans mark Memorial Day virtually during the coronavirus lockdown

Published on April 14, 2020

Normally, this is the time of year when we'd be advising you of upcoming Memorial Day events in the UK and Europe. Memorial Day is May 25, but with the current coronavirus lockdown and uncertainty over when social distancing restrictions may be lifted, most events can't yet be finalized with certainty. However, to make sure Memorial Day and its important message remain accessible to all, the American Legion are encouraging Americans to mark the ocassion virtually.

On a bulletin posted on the American Legion's website, the organization for US War Veterans wrote that "The coronavirus pandemic already has led to the cancellation of Memorial Day events, including some coordinated by American Legion posts. As social distancing has become the best defense against the virus, more cancellations are expected, limiting how Americans can honor those who died while in service to our nation. Because of that, The American Legion will provide a safe venue to observe Memorial Day: social media. We’re asking our American Legion Family members – and those outside of the organization – to share with us the names of those you will honor and remember on Memorial Day. Our plan is to compile a list and then begin sharing them regularly via our social media channels over Memorial Day Weekend."

The Legion say that all they require to list virtual events is:

- The servicemember’s name, along with the submitter’s relationship to the servicemember;
- Year entering and year leaving the military;
- Branch of service; and
- A photo of the servicemember, either in uniform or civilian clothes.

Submissions and events will be listed via the American Legion's social media profiles (Facebook and Twitter) starting May 22. Details on how to submit an event are available by going to https://www.legion.org/honor/248724/help-us-observe-memorial-day-virtually


The American

Support Your Magazine

The American - the magazine that waves the flag for overseas Americans

Less than £4.17 per issue.

Free E-EditionSubscribe Now

The American Newsletter

Essential Weekly Reads for Overseas Americans. Free

Join Now


Tanager Wealth Management

My Expat Taxes

© All contents of www.theamerican.co.uk and The American copyright Blue Edge Publishing Ltd. 1976–2021
The views & opinions of all contributors are not necessarily those of the publishers. While every effort is made to ensure that all content is accurate
at time of publication, the publishers, editors and contributors cannot accept liability for errors or omissions or any loss arising from reliance on it.
Privacy Policy       Archive