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Associated Press Washington Daybook for Saturday, May. 23.

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Monday, May. 25 National cemeteries host Memorial Day ceremonies – National Cemetery Administration commemorates Memorial Day with brief solemn wreath laying ceremonies at each VA national cemetery, accompanied by a moment of silence and the playing of ‘Taps’, although with the public unable to attend. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie presides over the wreath laying at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia, Acting Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers does so at Culpeper National Cemetery in Virginia, and Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Randy Reeves is at Calverton National Cemetery in New York state * Other public events typically associated with Memorial Day at national cemeteries, including group placement of flags at gravesites, do not take place, although all VA national cemeteries are open all Memorial Day weekend from dawn to dusk for public visitation


Contacts: VA press,, 1 202 273 6000


Monday, May. 25 Memorial Day

Contacts: DoD press, 1 703 697 5131


Monday, May. 25 Arm in Arm campaign launches with actions across the U.S. – Arm in Arm, a new campaign to build a decentralized movement to end the climate crisis, launches in cities across the U.S. with the goal of igniting a ‘transformational era that ends the climate crisis by centering economic and racial justice’. Actions are held in cities across the U.S. including Florence, SC; Birmingham, AL; Spokane, WA; Houston; and Jackson, MS, including blocking off streets so that children can play outside at a safe distance, distribution of personal protective equipment to essential workers, and food distribution to communities hard hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic


Contacts: Lindsay Harper, Arm in Arm,, 1 404 919 4862

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