For decades, Americans have honored the nation's fallen service members in Memorial Day celebrations gathered with family and friends.
But coronavirus has all but leveled any possibility of large gatherings. In lieu of barbecues and pool parties, many organizations and governments are adapting by offering virtual events this holiday weekend. Virtual ceremonies run the gamut, including singing of the National Anthem, speeches, music, appearances by sports and Hollywood celebrities --and of course flags.
Here are some events that you can participate in at home.
Rolling to Remember: The 32-year Memorial Day motorcycle tradition typically held in Washington, D.C.is going virtual this weekend. Organizers of what was known as Rolling Thunder, now called Rolling to Remember, are challenging bikers to ride 22 miles on Sunday and download the REVER app to plan, track and share their ride.
Salute Across America: This live stream fundraiser for military charities on Saturday is led by ESPN Sport Science host John Brenkus. It features celebrities like NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, MMA Legend Randy Couture, actors Donnie Whalberg and Jenny McCarthy, and musicians Ryan Weaver, Tim Montana, just to name a few. All proceeds will go to U.S. Military charities, like the Navy Seal Foundation.
Wreath-layings: Traditional ceremonies in Washington, D.C. at the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Navy Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be held virtually. Pre-recorded ceremonies will be posted to the Facebook pages of each monument and shared on the National Park Service’s Facebook page.
Music on the Mall: The National Memorial Day Concert won’t be happening on the West Lawn of the Capitol in D.C. But new performances and tributes filmed around the country will be broadcast on PBS Sunday from 8 to 9:30 p.m. and livestreamed on social media.
Flags: Flags will fly at half-staff from sunrise on Saturday until noon on Memorial Day around the country. If you're going to fly your American flag at home, check out the U.S. Flag code to make sure you're doing it right. On Friday, members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment also known as The Old Guard, placed flags in front of each headstone for "Flags-In" at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Veterans Legacy Memorial The Boy Scouts are posting public tributes to veterans in partnership with the National Cemetery Administration in what they’re calling Veterans Legacy Memorial. It’s a digital memorial that houses a profile for each of the 3.7 million veterans interred in one of more than 140 national cemeteries.