Memorial Day ceremony turns virtual amid pandemic

Instead of in-person ceremonies, you will be able to watch a tribute video on Facebook on Memorial Day.

Posted: May 22, 2020 12:12 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 1:09 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Memorial Day celebrations will look a lot different this year because of coronavirus. 

Musgrove Mortuaries and Cemeteries, which normally holds one of the largest observances in our area, is going virtual. An online tribute will be held on Monday, replacing in-person events.

Instead of a mass followed by ceremonies at each of their locations, you will be able to watch a tribute video on Facebook on Memorial Day.

Veterans have been invited to share messages of hope and remembrance in the video titled "Reflections of Honor."

"It will be stories about our heroes, and just a message of hope and resilience," said Cindy Abel, a manager at Musgrove's Mortuaries and Cemeteries. “I think it’s important for all of us to continue to honor our veterans and our heroes. We just have to do it in a different fashion and in a different way this year."

Despite the pandemic, the company has placed hundreds of flags at graves and kept access to the cemeteries open for families to visit loved ones. Visitors will have to follow social distancing, and groups larger than 25 will not be allowed. Abel said staff will be present in the cemeteries and will remind people about the social distancing guidelines if necessary. 

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