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Memorial Day to Be Observed, But Not with Large Groups

Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery

The Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty

Monticello, NY – The impacts of coronavirus will greatly limit – but not totally eliminate – Memorial Day services in Sullivan County.

In order to comply with the Governor’s order that no more than 10 people may gather for an event, the County’s official Memorial Day observance at the Veterans Cemetery in Liberty will not be open to the public. Instead, it will be broadcast live on the County’s Facebook page at 1 p.m. Monday and audio-recorded for later playback on WJFF’s “Let’s Talk Vets” program with host Doug Sandberg.

Due to the ongoing closure of the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello, the Bailey-Richmond VFW Post 9588 and the Ruddick-Trowbridge American Legion Post 73 will be conducting a small service at the memorial outside the Government Center (on North Street) on Memorial Day with a limited color guard.

The Sgt. Andrew Brucher VFW Post 5499 will conduct a similar Honor Service with a small Honor Guard at the Veterans Park in Kauneonga Lake that day.

It saddens the posts to insist that, in keeping with social distancing guidelines, the public not attend.

Properly credentialed representatives of the press are welcome at any of the events listed, so long as they maintain social distance and wear facial coverings.