The annual flag placement day is being observed differently this year, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Traditionally, on the Saturday before Memorial Day, flags are placed at gravesites by hundreds of volunteers at both Northern and Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemeteries.
The large public events are led by the Nevada Veterans Coalition in Northern Nevada.
Cemetery staff and the Veterans organizations who plan and execute the events determined it is not possible to observe the social distancing protocols necessary to protect veterans, their families and their supporters from transmission of COVID-19.
Members of the public are still welcome to visit the cemeteries during Memorial Day weekend, or any day.
The State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries remain open and the public may place flags or flowers at burial sites, but must observe social distancing protocols to protect themselves and other visitors.
The public is also encouraged to wear face coverings.
Nevada Department of Veterans Services director Kat Miller said the decision was difficult.
“No one is more disappointed than the organizers of these events that they cannot cover the cemetery with flags as they have done in the past,” Miller said in a news release. “In the end, the safety of our veterans and their families made a modification necessary. Please do know, however, that you are welcome to visit and honor those who have earned our deepest respect as long as you can safely do so.”
The Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery is in Fernley.
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