Memorial Day is coming up in less than two weeks, a day that Americans pay tribute to those who fought and died. It's a day of ceremonies and parades, but not this year.
Because of the coronavirus, most states have canceled any Memorial Day activities due to fear of further spreading the virus. But even those traditions that aren't as massive as a parade or ceremony aren't being permitted either it seems, as the Boy Scouts of America are being told they can't even do their yearly tradition.
The Boy Scouts of America normally honor the veterans who died while serving our country. They place a flag in front of the headstones of veterans for Memorial Day, but it appears they may not be able to do it this year.
For decades, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other groups have devoted part of the holiday to place small American flags at the graves of veterans and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice as a way to honor our country's war heroes.
Yet this year the Department of Veteran's Affairs has prohibited public events at the sites because of COVID-19. The Boy Scouts and other groups have been barred from carrying out the mass flag placements.
On Long Island, N.Y., where more than 500,000 veterans are buried at two national military cemeteries, there are demands for the VA to reconsider and rescind the ban.
"If we can't figure out a way to make sure we are placing flags at their graves to honor them, then something is seriously wrong," said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, whose county includes the sprawling Calverton and Long Island National Cemeteries, which hold more veterans than any other military cemetery in the nation, including Arlington National Cemetery.
Bellone is confident that officials can carry out a plan that would keep the Scouts safe."
"We just commemorated VE Day, this is the generation that lived through the adversity of the Great Depression, they won World War II. What is it going to say about our generation if we can't figure out a way to honor the greatest generation by placing flags at their graves on Memorial Day?" Bellone asked.
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It's been announced that the Boy Scouts of America will be unable to carry out their longstanding tradition of placing American flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, as well as other groups, have taken part in the tradition of placing small American flags at the graves of veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice. It's a great way to show appreciation to the war heroes of this country.