ABMC will honor the fallen this Memorial Day, but all ceremonies will be closed to the public
The American Battle Monuments Commission will honor the fallen this Memorial Day, but due to host-nation COVID-19 guidance and out of an abundance of caution, all ceremonies will be closed to the public.
In those countries where our cemetery grounds are open to the public, the gates will close at a designated time so that ABMC staff and host-nation guests can render the proper honors while respecting social distancing and public gathering restrictions. The ABMC cemeteries that are currently open will reopen after ceremonies are complete.
Please check our operating status on www.abmc.gov/operational-status for updates prior to visiting any ABMC cemetery. We ask that any visiting next-of-kin and/or Veterans please contact the cemetery directly prior to any desired or planned visit around Memorial Day.
To ensure our global audience can still remember with us, the ABMC will broadcast two virtual ceremonies on Memorial Day on Facebook and YouTube @usabmc.
The World War I Memorial Day ceremony will start at 10 a.m. EST, 4 p.m. CET on May 31, 2021.
The World War II Memorial Day ceremony, will start an hour later at 11 a.m. EST, 5 p.m. CET on May 31, 2021.