RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Memorial Day is a day to remember those who died while serving in the U.S. military. But this year, like the last, some ceremonies will have a twist because of COVID-19.

According to a release, The 2021 Commonwealth’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial will be live and presented via live stream on Monday, May 31, from 11 a.m. until noon. The event takes place at the E. Bruce Heilman Amphitheater and Shrine of Memory.

The annual ceremony is to honor all the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of America from the Revolutionary War to today’s Global War on Terrorism.

With social distancing and capacity guidelines set to ease on May 28, members of the community will be able to attend the live event.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Governor Ralph Northam
  • Kathleen Jabs, Virginia Acting Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs
  • John Maxwell, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Veterans Services
  • Dr. Clay Mountcastle, Director, Virginia War Memorial
  • 380th Army Reserve Band Quintet
  • Gold Star families and other special guests

All attendees are encouraged to arrive no later than 10:45 a.m. People who are not fully vaccinated are strongly urged to wear masks in all settings — indoors and outdoors.

Anyone can watch the ceremony on the Virginia War Memorial’s Facebook page.

Organizers say limited free parking will be available in the memorial parking lot and deck. The memorial will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.