Sarasota National Cemetery - Memorial Day Flag Placement Cancelled


All Volunteers who were registered to participate in this years event, received this message about the event being canceled...

Good day Fellow Patriots and Volunteers,

Since March 20, 2020, the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has conducted burials on a daily basis with enforcement of CDC Guidelines of no more than 10 attendees. However, the NCA restricted the use of on-site Volunteers, maintained minimum staffing, has not conducted daily memorial services and officially cancelled all Memorial Day Ceremonies traditionally held at every National Cemetery.

With complete respect to the Guidelines placed by the CDC, our Commander in Chief, Federal and local Government, and in compliance with the NCA’s firm stance on social distancing, as well as full consideration of the safety and health of the Volunteers, we are cancelling Flag Placement Memorial Day 2020 at Sarasota National Cemetery as well as Florida National, Cape Canaveral, South Florida, and all of the participating cemeteries in Texas, Colorado, South Dakota and Ohio.

With respect to the traditional Memorial Day Ceremony, I was very grateful to be a part of the filming of Sarasota National Cemetery’s “Virtual Memorial Day Tribute” this past weekend (Social Distancing enforced during filming). We will be sending out an Invitation for your “Virtual Attendance” of this beautiful tribute as well as provide the link to the YouTube site and Social Media sites. WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

As Americans, we have pulled together to defeat the invisible enemy of 2020. Despite everything, we vow to never forget those men and women who would have supported the decisions of their Commander in Chief and his Advisors, regardless of personal feelings and opinions and been alongside us all for this battle.

We look forward to returning for 2021 Memorial Day Flag Placement, and are dedicated to making it the best ever. Thank you always for volunteering and prayers that all of you stay safe and healthy!

Meshia Richardson, Event Director & National Secretary

Flags For Fallen Vets, Inc.

Cell (941) 448-6299

"Before and After" Flag Placement photos, from our 2019 Memorial Day Weekend - Flag Placement, at our Sarasota National Cemetery.

All are invited to still be a part of a touching tribute...