Marin's Memorial Day Ceremony Goes Virtual Due To Coronavirus

Kristina Houck

MARIN COUNTY, CA — Marin County's annual Memorial Day ceremony is going virtual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. An online ceremony will stream on Facebook so Marin residents can watch safely from home.

Sean Stephens, the county's veterans services officer, and Ray Mullin, president of the Marin County United Veterans Council, are scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. May 25 on the council's Facebook page. The ceremony is expected to be replayed on Marin TV and Novato Community Television.

Stephens, a four-tour combat veteran from the U.S. Army, and Mullin, a Navy veteran from the Vietnam War era, traditionally play center-stage roles in the annual gatherings that have attracted 500 to 1,000 attendees at Veterans' Memorial Auditorium. The annual ceremony honors all fallen American servicemen and servicewomen in the line of duty with a special emphasis on Marin's own heroes.

This year, event organizers decided to mark the occasion with an online-only ceremony.

"We felt strongly that some sort of ceremony happen on that sacred day," Mullin said. "Just like everybody else, we're adjusting to the circumstances. We will miss seeing our friends and mingling with them over coffee and doughnuts afterward."

Anyone who wants to visit the statues to pay respects on Memorial Day must follow social distancing rules, according to the county. If a visitor is laying a wreath or spending time at the site, others are asked to stay in their cars until the visitor leaves. Marin County Public Health urges the same precautions be taken at any other locations where commemorative gatherings have been held in the past.

This article originally appeared on the San Rafael Patch