As we enjoy this long weekend with family and friends, let's remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Although we're unable to gather in the same ways we have in the past to honor Americans who died in service to this country, I believe it's important people can continue to recognize every single hero.
I was disappointed to learn from several constituents that the VA National Cemetery Administration is preventing groups from placing flags at the gravesite of our veterans. Their one-size-fits all approach is wrong and they should be allowing these decisions to be made locally. I believe groups can follow CDC guidelines and socially distance safely while placing flags in our cemeteries. This is an important tradition that honors those who have served and we should allow it to continue.
After reaching out to the VA National Cemetery Administration and having their position reiterated to me, I decided to write the Secretary of the VA directly.