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Week of Special Interest 05/26/21
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VA national cemeteries plan mass flag placements

Veterans Affairs national cemeteries will allow mass flag placements across the U.S. to commemorate Memorial Day.

This is one of many events and ceremonies scheduled this year and consistent with the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

Volunteers wishing to place flags should contact their local national cemetery.

“Memorial Day is a sacred day where we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said. “We can never forget these heroes nor the families who continue to grieve the loss of their mother, father, son, daughter, sister or brother who stood in the gap for each of us to maintain the very democracy that we are able to treasure every day.”

McDonough will preside over the wreath laying at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia on Friday, May 28. Acting Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. Carolyn Clancy and Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Ron Walters will do the same at Baltimore and Hampton national cemeteries, respectively.

Live streaming, recorded video and photographs from these and other ceremonies will be shared on the National Cemetery Administration’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

In addition, all 155 VA national cemeteries will be open Memorial Day weekend from dawn to dusk. Cemeteries with full staffs will also hold brief wreath-laying ceremonies followed by a moment of silence and taps over Memorial Day weekend, but these will not be open to the public.

VA will also debut new features on the Veterans Legacy Memorial site in time for Memorial Day. Originally launched in 2019, VLM contains a memorial page for each of the nearly four million Veterans and service members interred in a VA national cemetery where visitors can leave written tributes.

By Memorial Day weekend, VLM will permit online visitors to submit photos and biographical summaries of a Veteran’s life, along with historical documents such as award citations, letters, and newspaper clippings. Another feature will allow visitors to follow their Veteran’s page and receive email alerts when new content is posted.

VA will also continue its partnership with Carry The Load this “Memorial May” to honor the sacrifices made by the military, Veterans, first responders and their families. Throughout the month of May, organization volunteers will march four routes across the country, visiting 42 VA national cemeteries along the way. To learn more about Carry The Load and register to march a relay leg, visit www.carrytheload.org.

For more information about VA Memorial Day commemorations, contact your local national cemetery or NCA’s chief of public affairs, Les’ Melnyk, at Les.Melnyk@VA.gov.

Our Government

White House

President Biden met homeland security and climate teams at FEMA, at the National Response Coordination Center in Washington, D.C. on Monday, to receive an update on preparations for the 2021 hurricane season. In advance of the his visit, the Administration announced it will direct $1 billion for communities, states, and Tribal governments into pre-disaster mitigation resources to prepare for extreme weather events and other disasters, and the Administration is announcing the development of next generation climate data systems at NASA to help understand and track how climate change is impacting communities.

Colorado Governor

CDOT (por sus siglas inglés) awarded two new Revitalizing Main Streets grants this week to the Town of San Luis and City of Golden. The Revitalizing Main Streets Grants help localities improve their roadways and community infrastructure, supporting strong economic activity and public safety. The program began last summer in an effort to mitigate the negative economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis. The continuation and expansion of this program was made possible through a $30 million allocation from the state legislature in March 2021.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Hancock announced his nomination of Andrew Amador as Executive Director for the Department of General Services. Amador’s nomination as Executive Director is subject to confirmation by Denver City Council. “Andrew’s experience across municipal government, our local school district, and with one of our historic anchor institutions of higher education positions him well to take up this role managing our city’s facility portfolio into the future,” Mayor Hancock said.

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