Pandemic Puts a Halt to Memorial Day Services in Hart County

It’s the Memorial Day weekend and for the first time in recent memory, the local chapters of the American Legion will not be holding public ceremonies.

The requirements of the COVID-19 safety guidelines have caused most American Legion Posts to forego the usual public ceremonies and wreath-laying.

Services that would have normally taken place in Hartwell and Toccoa have both been canceled this year.

In Hart County the American Legion Post typically holds their ceremony inside the County Courthouse.  However, chapter Commander Jeremy Fulghum said it won’t happen this year.

The Georgia office of the American Legion is closed due to the COVID19 crisis.

Fulghum said additionally, most of the members of his chapter are older and cannot risk close contact.

He said however, Saturday members of the Hart County Post will be placing flags on the graves of veterans.

Members of the Lavonia American Legion also placed flags on the graves of veterans Saturday.

In light of the COVID-19 restrictions, Fulghum said the American Legion is asking citizens to commemorate Memorial Day by purchasing red, white, and blue candles.