• Walter Carmickle

National Day of Service

Volunteers interested in cleaning headstones in national cemeteries can sign up for a National Day of Service to be held in 65 locations Sept. 10.

All volunteers interested in participating in the National Day of Service should sign up at Carry the Load register.

Most events begin at 10 a.m., with the exception of Quantico, Alexandria, Culpeper and Baltimore National Cemeteries, which begin at 9 a.m. Upon arrival at the national cemetery, volunteers are asked to assemble at the main flagpole for a brief ceremony followed by instructions about national cemetery protocols and headstone cleaning. A special feature to the event is the ability for volunteers to post tributes and photos on VA’s Veterans Legacy Memorial (VLM).

“The National Day of Service is an inspiring way to bring into focus the lives lost in the terrorist attacks on our country,” said Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, Matt Quinn. “As we reflect on the tragic events of 20 years ago, it is also appropriate to remember and honor the men and women who have given their lives throughout the Global War on Terror. Volunteering to assist with beautification projects to keep our cemeteries at national shrine standards is a fitting tribute to thank all of our brave heroes for their sacrifices on our behalf.”

This year, VA’s National Cemetery Administration is partnering with several different organizations including Carry The Load, AmeriCorps, Partnership for Public Service, RallyPoint-The Military Network, Hunter Seven, VA Office of Information Technology and VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement (Voluntary Service) to help spread the word about the National Day of Service.https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/94213/volunteers-can-clean-national-cemeteries-on-national-day-of-service/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=&utm_term=&utm_content=&fbclid=IwAR3eausY8FlQZhHazArcUMJoHswP_v14X8-pTbYEO0oXfU-EBkjSvzFFv28

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