Backlog of Ceremonies grows since April, 2020

All the National Cemeteries had delayed or modified the traditional Memorial services since April 13, 2020 up to May, 2021. Our Post has been performing some of these delayed ceremonies starting late June, 2020. Then on Thanksgiving week in 2000 the volunteer National Cemetery Memorial Squad members were exposed to the Covid virus and were prevented from conducting subsequent ceremonies or rifle volleys until May, 2001. That means the Manhattan American Legion and Wilmington VFW Honor Guard squads have been performing burial ceremonies at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery on weekdays and Saturday and also all National Holidays to honor our fallen veteran brothers and sisters. Now that the National Cemetery Memorial Squad has returned for ceremonies on every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the Manhattan squad performes all Saturdays as scheduled and all National Holidays. The Wilmington VFW performes the ceremonies on Wednesdays.

Because of this modified schedule, we are always accepting additional volunteer Honor Guard members and participants. Contact John Kestel at 815-791-4478 for information.


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