May 18, 2020

Memorial Day Cancellation

The Lincoln Memorial Day Committee has canceled all formal Memorial Day festivities for this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our office is closing Friday, May 22, 2020, at 4:00 pm, and will reopen on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 9:00 am. However, the cemeteries are still open to visitors, and all are welcome to visit and place flowers on graves in remembrance of loved ones.

In past years, Wyuka Cemetery has held a wreath casting honoring those lost at sea, followed by a parade and procession. It is with heavy hearts that we are opting to forego these activities this year but, out of respect for the current directed health measures and social distancing guidelines, we felt it was the safest option for the community.

If you plan to place flowers, please adhere to the flower guidelines: All floral decorations are permitted for one week. Arrangements, other than those in regulation permanent vases, will be removed at that time to permit regular mowing of the grounds. Wyuka assumes no responsibility for vandalism, theft, or the destruction of vases or floral decorations by acts beyond Wyuka’s control. All floral arrangements must be securely fastened. Materials like wire or wooden stakes must not be used as it may be dangerous during mowing.

Since not all can go out this holiday weekend due to COVID-19, here are some other ideas on how to spend your Memorial Day:

  • Go camping! Some campgrounds are now open for camping. If you can’t get into a campsite, you can always camp out in your backyard.
  • Have a barbeque with your family. Honor your loved ones who served by making favorite foods and desserts. Share stories as you remember those important memories!
  • Video call friends/family. Have Zoom calls (or Skype, FaceTime, etc – there are a lot of video chat options out there these days) with the family to reconnect and share stories. You could even ask an older member of the family for stories that can be written down as a keepsake, to be shared in the future.
  • Go experience the outdoors. Kayaking, canoeing, fishing, picnicking, and even just taking a stroll in the park is a great way to spend time with your family.
  • Cozy up by the campfire! Spend the day by the fire and roast some hotdogs and marshmallows, and share stories about those who served in your family.

There will also be a virtual observance for Memorial Day broadcasted by NET at 8 a.m. on May 25 at Capitol Rotunda. To learn more about the event, please visit–570311851.html 


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