Photo by Elizabeth Fraser/Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery and the VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) have found ways to continue honoring veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funeral honors have been adjusted by both departments, but leaders have said they are committed to paying tribute to veterans and support for their families. Arlington National Cemetery has mandated face covers and other measures, while the NCA – which oversees 142 national cemeteries and the resting places of more than 4 million Americans — has started a digital tribute.
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Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) march off after supporting military funeral honors in Section 60, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, May 8, 2019. (U.S. Army photo by Elizabeth Fraser / Arlington National Cemetery / released)
The publication of a draft rule on revised eligibility for burial at Arlington National Cemetery has been postponed indefinitely as the public navigates the COVID-19 pandemic.
The public comment period was expected to begin in April. There is no “firm date” for when the rule will be cleared, said Karen Durham-Aguilera, executive director of the Office of Army Cemeteries, the agency that manages Arlington National Cemetery.
“Right now, the focus of the administration, the nation, is on the response of the coronavirus,” Durham-Aguilera said.
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