2020 Memorial Day Ceremony

Thursday May 21, 2020

2020 Memorial Day Ceremony
Boise, ID – Idaho Division of Veterans Services encourages Idaho's citizens to safely honor and remember all those that died while serving in defense to our Nation during this unprecedented time.

To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus and comply with federal, state, and local rules and guidance of limited gathering sizes and large venues the difficult decision was made to cancel this year's ceremony at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery – Boise as a condition of continued public safety.

"Even during this difficult and challenging time, we must never forget that as a nation we have a solemn responsibility to recognize and honor those that have served and died in defense of our freedom and the freedom of those oppressed throughout the world", Veterans Cemetery Bureau Chief James Earp.

This year's honorable display for Memorial Day at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery will include a single U.S. Flag hand placed with dignity and respect at each gravesite by the Captain Art Jackson Young Marines and volunteers from Veterans Service Organizations. These flags will complement the cemetery's Avenue of Flags raised with respect and honor by members from The Mission Continues of Boise.

To honor and remember servicemembers no longer with us, Idaho Public Television in partnership with the Office of the Governor and the Idaho Division of Veterans Services (IDVS) have produced a Memorial Day message.

The grounds of the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery - Boise are always open from morning to dusk. The public will still be able to visit the final resting place of their loved ones to honor and remember their service. Visitors are asked to adhere to health and safety guidelines and to maintain social distancing during your visit. Visits are encouraged throughout the weekend to avoid possible crowds on Memorial Day.

The Idaho State Veterans Cemetery - Boise is located at 10100 Horseshoe Bend Road, Boise, Idaho 83714 and is co-located with Dry Creek Cemetery.