Georgia’s Veterans Memorial Cemeteries in Milledgeville and Glennville will not hold their annual public Memorial Day Remembrance ceremonies this year.

Following guidance from the Office of Governor Kemp and recommendations from the Georgia Department of Public Health, large public gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted due to COVID-19. To protect the health of Georgia’s veterans and their families, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will not hold any public Memorial Day events.

“Memorial Day is going to look very different for many Americans this year, but the Georgia Department of Veterans Service is still honoring the veterans in our state veterans cemeteries,” said GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby. “We will never forget to honor the service of our fallen brothers and sisters in arms.”

Memorial Day will still be recognized by the staff of both cemeteries. Cemetery staff will place flags on all graves and at the front entrance of the cemetery during the week prior to Memorial Day. Unfortunately, volunteers will not be permitted to assist in this effort this year.

Flags will be lowered to half-staff during the Memorial Day weekend in honor of Georgia’s fallen sons and daughters.