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VA National Cemeteries Host Memorial Day Ceremonies After Two Years


WASHINGTON — The Department of Veteran Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration will host its first public Memorial Day ceremonies since 2019.

Sarasota National Cemetery

Boasting a generous 295-acres, this national cemetery will serve veterans’ needs for the next 50 years. It’s complete with a public information center complex, an electronic gravesite locator and public restrooms, a memorial walkway and a donations area, as well as two committal shelters.

Highlighting the cemetery is the stunning, 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater known as ‘Patriot Plaza,’ filled with world-class art. Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., you can enjoy guided tours of the Plaza, whose mission is to Honor Service, Inspire Patriotism, and Embrace Freedom.’ No reservations are needed.

The cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains. A columbarium is now available.

Ceremonies were not open in 2020 or 2021 to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Veterans, families and the public are welcome to attend in-person traditional VA Memorial Day ceremonies held May 28 through May 30 to commemorate the nation’s fallen service members. NCA maintains 155 national cemeteries and 34 soldiers’ lots and monument sites in 43 states and Puerto Rico.

“There is no more fitting place to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of America’s Veterans and service members than in a national cemetery,” said VA Secretary Denis McDonough. “Here lie those who served, sacrificed and — in many cases — gave their lives for us and our country. We are forever in their debt.”