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Officials cancel Idaho Memorial Day Veterans Ceremony

Posted at 3:03 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 17:03:19-04

BOISE, Idaho — To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and comply with government rules of limited gatherings at large venues, Idaho Division of Veterans Services has made what officials call “the difficult decision” to cancel this year's ceremony at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery in Boise as a condition of continued public safety.

“Even during this difficult and challenging time, we must never forget that as a nation we have a solemn responsibility to recognize and honor those that have served and died in defense of our freedom and the freedom of those oppressed throughout the world,” said Veterans Cemetery Bureau Chief James Earp.

“This year's honorable display for Memorial Day at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery north of Boise, will include a single U.S. flag hand-placed with dignity and respect at each gravesite by Captain Art Jackson, Young Marines and volunteers from Veterans Service Organizations. These flags will complement the cemetery's Avenue of Flags raised with respect and honor by members from The Mission Continues of Boise,” said Idaho Division of Veterans Services Executive Assistant Kevin Wallior.

To honor and remember service members no longer with us, Idaho Public Television in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Idaho Division of Veterans Services and have produced a Memorial Day message. You will be able to view it at the IDVS webpage http://www.veterans.idaho.gov and the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IdahoVeteranServices/

The grounds of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise are always open from morning to dusk. The public will still be able to visit the final resting place of their loved ones to honor and remember their service. Visitors are asked to adhere to health and safety guidelines and to maintain social distancing during your visit. Visits are encouraged throughout the weekend to avoid possible crowds on Memorial Day.

The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery is located at 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road, in Boise near the Dry Creek Cemetery.