DOTHAN, Ala. (PR) -- Like so many important events and traditions that have been canceled or altered amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wiregrass Memorial Day Ceremony is, unfortunately, no exception. What would mark its 14th year as a beloved and patriotic ceremony, this event will honor the fallen a little bit differently this Memorial Day amongst safety concerns.
Though there will be no formal ceremony, on Monday, May 25, guests can visit Sunset Memorial Park and receive an American flag graveside marker, drive-thru style, anytime between 10 am and 12 pm. Organizers are offering them free for Wiregrass folks to place on the grave of a fallen soldier they’d like to honor.
Sunset owner, Robert Byrd has mixed emotions. “Honestly, I’m a little bit heartbroken we have to change it. But I understand why. Everyone’s safety is of the utmost importance,” says Byrd. “Many people look forward to this every year as a way to honor their brave loved ones. So, I’m glad we can at least offer a small memento of our appreciation to the soldier’s families and friends,” he adds.
Please visit sunsetmemorialpark.com, our Facebook page- www.facebook.com/sunsetmemorialpark or call 334.983.6604 for up-to-date information.