Though precautionary measures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in some challenges for AB
In order to fulfill our commemorative mission, and in keeping with current precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all Memorial Day ceremonies will be closed to the public.
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the health and safety of our staff and visitors per U.S. and host-nation guidelines, the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) has cancelled all public Memorial Day ceremonies at our 26 cemeteries around the world.
While ABMC sites are closed to the public, ABMC cemetery superintendents keep making sure that the resting places of our fallen service members are well taken care of. The have taken over the mowers, and keep raising and lowering our colors every single day.
The Month of the Military Child, observed in April, celebrates the past and present bravery and sacrifice of U.S. service members’ children on the home front.
There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of many individuals around the world.
To support the health and well-being of our staff and visitors, all non-Memorial Day events at ABMC sites will be canceled until further notice. This decision is based on official guidance from health and government authorities in the countries where we operate.