A longtime Memorial Day tradition is not immune to the effects of the coronavirus.
This year, the Boy Scouts will not be allowed to plant flags on the graves of veterans this Memorial Day after the Department of Veteran's Affairs has prohibited public events at national cemeteries due to COVID-19.
While the cemeteries will still remain open to visitors, large groups will not be allowed to walk through planting flags.
Steve Bellone, County Executive of Suffolk County, New York on Long Island, has asked the VA to reconsider their decision, reports Fox News.
"If we can't figure out a way to make sure we are placing flags at their graves to honor them, then something is seriously wrong," Bellone said.
He continued: "We will take the responsibility to say that this flag placement plan meets the state and national guidelines but give us that opportunity to do it, allow us to honor our fallen heroes."
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