A public ceremony won't be held at Houston National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
“This year, by necessity, will be different from past Memorial Day observances,” says cemetery director Roy Luera in a news release. “While we cannot hold a large Memorial Day program as was typical in years past, we will still honor Veterans and service members with the dignity and respect they have earned through their service and sacrifice.”
This is due to limits on large gatherings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
There will be a ceremony but it will be closed to the public and available only to the media, who will pool coverage and make it available through various television outlets.
The cemetery will be open to the public over the weekend for loved ones to pay homage.
Visitors can place flowers and flags at their loved one's grave site while practicing social distancing.
If you would like to honor those who gave the last full measure of their devotion in the service of the county you can participate in the Houston Run for the Fallen, organized by U.S. Air Force Recruiting. Go to their website and pick any of the 76 listed service-members who have died since 9/11, and run, jog or walk a mile in their honor this weekend.
Here is a clip of the Armed Forces Medley from last year's Memorial Day concert in Washington DC.