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    VA to Host Memorial Day Events Nationwide at National Cemeteries

    VA to Host Memorial Day Events Nationwide at National Cemeteries

    The 155 national cemeteries managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs will be open from dawn to dusk throughout Memorial Day weekend, and more than 130 will hold ceremonies to mark the day of remembrance for those who died in service to the U.S.

    The VA is inviting all veterans, family members, survivors and the public to the ceremonies, which Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs Matt Quinn said will “honor those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country.”

    “We can never underestimate or under-appreciate the sacrifice made by the brave men and women who died in service to the country. Likewise, it is our duty to show appreciation to our Gold Star family members. We can never repay them for their sacrifices,” Quinn said Monday during a call with reporters.

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    The VA has overseen national cemeteries for more than 50 years, managing burial sites and 34 soldiers' lots and monuments in 42 states and Puerto Rico. More than 4 million veterans are buried in national cemeteries, with graves ranging from the Revolutionary War to present-day conflicts.

    On May 27, VA Secretary Denis McDonough plans to speak at the State Veterans Cemetery-Finger Lakes in Waterloo, New York, while Chief of Staff Kimberly Jackson will speak at Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee.

    Deputy Secretary Tanya Bradsher plans to visit Baltimore National…

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