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Flags placed on graves; Memorial Day ceremonies in Monroe County canceled

May 23, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Chuck Lawson Cleans a grave while Connie Lawson looks on. Members of the Lawson family place American flags at the graves of United States military veterans to honor them for Memorial Day at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Flags were placed in cemeteries across Monroe County Saturday to honor American veterans who have died. Monday’s ceremonies have been canceled this year due to COVID-19. Typically on Memorial Day, the sound of gun salutes can be heard in the city, but this year may be silent.

The Bloomingtonian reached out to the American Legion Burton Woolery Post 18, and spoke with club manager Sharon Grubb, who said Monroe County had canceled in person Memorial Day ceremonies throughout the county. “We were very disappointed, but it is what it is,” said Grubb. “We don’t want anybody to get sick.”

Grubb said the next public ceremonies in the county to honor American veterans would likely be Veterans Day in November, but it is too early to know. Veterans Day honors all veterans. First responders who died on September 11th, along with other Americans who also perished, are also typically honored in September

May 23, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Chuck Lawson cleans a grave while Wyatt Lawson and Connie Lawson look on. Members of the Lawson family place American flags at the graves of United States military veterans to honor them for Memorial Day at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
May 23, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Connie Lawson carries an armful of flags. Members of the Lawson family place American flags at the graves of United States military veterans to honor them for Memorial Day at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
May 23, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Chuck Lawson Cleans a grave while Connie Lawson looks into the distance. Members of the Lawson family place American flags at the graves of United States military veterans to honor them for Memorial Day at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
May 23, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Wyatt Lawson watches as Chuck Lawson places an American flag on a grave. Members of the Lawson family place American flags at the graves of United States military veterans to honor them for Memorial Day at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
May 23, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Gracie Lawson places an American flag on a veteran’s grave. Members of the Lawson family place American flags at the graves of United States military veterans to honor them for Memorial Day at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
May 23, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: Members of the Lawson family place American flags at the graves of United States military veterans to honor them for Memorial Day at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)
May 23, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: American flags have been placed at the graves for Memorial Day at Valhalla Memory Gardens, Saturday, May 23, 2020 in Bloomington, Ind. The Memorial Day ceremony was canceled this year due to COVID-19. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

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