The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) state veterans cemeteries resumed full committal services and military honors starting June 15, 2020, at all but one of its locations.
“Throughout the past two months we have continued performing our essential mission; however, it was disheartening to be unable to provide the full services and honors that these service members earned through their service and sacrifice,” said Deputy Secretary Keith Boylan. “We have taken the appropriate steps necessary to ensure the safety of veterans, their families, and our team members on cemetery grounds; and we are eager to return to our mission of memorializing those who have served.”
CalVet is currently contacting families who were unable to hold services due to the COVID-19 pandemic to arrange memorial services, and will continue adherence to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state, and county guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, all administration buildings will remain closed to the public.
The number of attendees allowed to be present for a committal service will be set according to the county directive. The Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo will allow up to 100 attendees; whereas, the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery in Monterey (Seaside) will allow no more than 10. These limits do not include cemetery staff and honor guard. Families may continue to choose direct interment and opt for a memorial service at a later date when all restrictions have been lifted.
The Yountville Veterans Cemetery, located on the grounds of the Yountville Veterans Home, remains closed and will not be resuming memorial services at this time. The campus remains closed to all visitors, except residents of the Home.
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