Cemeteries prepare for Memorial Day

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Memorial Day is a holiday packed with tradition and respect.
Many gather yearly for services to honor those who have fought to protect this country.

While some may have feared limitations for Monday – Chris Cooke assures that people can still pay respect for those who have passed in a safe manner.

“So we’re just asking that everyone follow social distancing you know with Governor Holcomb coming out this past week and increasing crowd sizes up to 100, that’s still not enough for us to have a program with the veterans on memorial day,” Superintendent of Evansville Cemeteries Chris Cooke said. “But it is enough for people to have traditional funeral services.”

Most veteran ceremonies across the Tri-State have been cancelled but some will persist in a stripped down fashion for strictly veterans.

“Now they’ve cancelled the locust hill all together and the formal service that we normally have at oak hill has been canceled as well. However, veterans will still gather at 11 o’clock and as you can see throughout the cemetery the veterans have been very busy placing flags throughout the cemetery just like normal,” Cooke said.

Cooke added that he had seen more people paying their respects or exercising around Oak Hill Cemetery this year than he has any other year during his twelve year tenure.

Those willing to leave decorations and flowers at gravesites are still able to do so if they choose.

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(This story was originally published on May 24, 2020)

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