May 25, 2020

Veterans Affairs official lays Memorial Day wreath at Riverside National Cemetery


Although major public Memorial Day events at Riverside National Cemetery have been canceled this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the occasion was marked Friday, May 22, with a ceremony that included a senior U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official laying a memorial wreath to honor the dead.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, left; and Randy C. Reeves, VA undersecretary for memorial affairs; place a wreath at the veterans’ memorial at Riverside National Cemetery on Friday, May 22, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, speaks during a Friday, May 22, 2020, ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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Randy C. Reeves, VA Undersecretary for memorial affairs, speaks Friday, May 22, 2020, during a ceremony at the veterans’ memorial at Riverside National Cemetery to commemorate Memorial Day. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

The veterans’ memorial is seen Friday, May 22, 2020, during a ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day at Riverside National Cemetery. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Riverside National Cemetery employee Casandra Cabrera Ruelas performs “Taps” on Friday, May 22, 2020, at an early Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Riverside National Cemetery employee Casandra Cabrera Ruelas, center, leads the Pledge of Allegiance during a ceremony to mark Memorial Day at Riverside National Cemetery on Friday, May 22, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, speaks during a Friday, May 22, 2020, ceremony at the veterans’ memorial at Riverside National Cemetery. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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The veterans’ memorial is seen Friday, May 22, 2020, during a ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day at Riverside National Cemetery. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, speaks Friday, May 22, 2020, during a ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, addresses a small group at an early Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Friday, May 22, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

From left, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside; Pete Young, Riverside National Cemetery’s director; and Randy C. Reeves, VA undersecretary for memorial affairs; arrive for an early Memorial Day ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery on Friday, May 22, 2020. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

A wreath was placed at the veterans’ memorial during a Friday, May 22, 2020, ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day at Riverside National Cemetery. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the usual large public events at the cemetery were canceled this year. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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“Today, we have many families across the nation whose loved ones have died, defending our freedom. Today, we thank them, and we mourn with them for their sacrifice. We must never forget the families and friends who are left behind,” Undersecretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves told a small crowd of officials …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

      

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