American Legion Post #436 has cancelled the Memorial Day Service held yearly at Litchfield Veterans Memorial Garden.
Post #436 member Louis Lewey made the announcement, stating that even with a small crowd the post was concerned with being able to maintain social distancing guidelines. The Memorial Day Service generally draws a crowd of around 150 people and current mandates only permit gatherings of ten or less.
Litchfield’s Memorial Day Service has been held at the Litchfield Veterans Memorial Garden since its dedication in 2007. A moving tribute, the annual ceremony includes patriotic music, the singing of the National Anthem, guest speakers, a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.” The service also pays special tribute to Litchfield area service members, who died in active duty.
In response to social distancing restrictions, American Legion Post #436 has also cancelled their annual placing of flags on the graves of veterans buried in local cemeteries.