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Expect a different Memorial Day event at Morris Hill Cemetery this weekend

Posted at 1:11 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 15:11:56-04

BOISE, Idaho — Memorial Day observances at Boise’s historic Morris Hill Cemetery will be a bit different this year due to continued concerns surrounding COVID-19 and social distancing protocols.

The Memorial Day weekend will be observed from Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. “There will be no Civil War reenactment and staff will be on site in a limited capacity Saturday through Monday to assist the public in identifying grave locations,” said Boise City Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Bonnie Shelton in a news release.

The cemetery will be open:

-10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 23
-11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 24
-10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day)

The cemetery main office will remain closed throughout the weekend, but Boise Parks and Recreation employees will staff the on-site kiosk to provide additional information and help family members and visitors during the hours of operation.

“A separate table will also be set up and equipped with a plexiglass barrier for visitors to safely interact with staff members to locate grave markers and burial sites,” Shelton added.

Strict social distancing protocols will be observed, and rubber gloves and hand sanitizer will be available.

Morris Hill Cemetery is located at 317 N. Latah St. in Boise.

The two other cemeteries maintained by Boise Parks and Recreation, the Pioneer Cemetery at 460 E. Warm Springs Ave. and the Fort Boise Military Reserve Cemetery at 1101 N. Mountain Cove Rd., will be open to the public Memorial Day weekend but, as is the case each year, those locations will not be staffed.

(Photo courtesy: Boise Parks and Recreation Department)