All cemeteries in the Kentucky National Cemetery Complex will not host any public Memorial Day events or ceremonies. This includes group placement of flags next to gravesites.
The National Cemetery Administration says hosting large gatherings is not advisable due to concerns about COVID-19.
Cemeteries in the Kentucky National Cemetery Complex include Camp Nelson, Mill Springs, Danville, Lexington, Lebanon, Zachary Taylor, Cave Hill, and New Albany.
All of the cemeteries have remained open to perform burials and for public visitation throughout the pandemic. CDC guidelines are being enforced to protect the health and safety of visitors and team members.
The National Cemetery Administration says despite not holding a public ceremony, they are committed to ensuring each National Cemetery observes Memorial Day. Staff at each cemetery will conduct an in-house wreath-laying service to commemorate Memorial Day officially. However, the public is not invited due to health and safety concerns.
Families are invited to visit on any day of the weekend to avoid possible crowds on Memorial Day itself. Families may place flowers or small American Flags at the gravesites of loved ones.