WATCH: With ceremonies canceled, videos pay tribute to the day

ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The coronavirus forced communities to cancel traditional Memorial Day events, ceremonies and tributes.

But like so many other traditions that have been changed by the outbreak for almost three months, communities still are finding ways to celebrate.

And that means Memorial Day tributes are continuing, even if they are different. Anderson County Tourism offered the Memorial Day video tribute below.

The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs also shared a video message about Memorial Day 2020.

After more than a century and a half of Memorial Day ceremonies, KDVA says 2020 will be a unique observance. The department compiled a video tribute including several members of Kentucky’s military, veteran and political leaders.

Col. Kathleen Buss, University of Kentucky AFROTC Commander, said, “This Memorial Day, let’s take it as a time to not be entitled and think about what we don’t have, or what we should have just because we’re American citizens. But rather, let’s be humbled by what others have done and learn from them.”

Blue Grass Army Depot Commander Col. Joseph Kurz added, “Because of COVID-19 precautions, we must honor our nations fallen with small groups of family and friends. But these smaller memorials do not take away from the importance of the sacrifices made by those who have heeded the call to serve.”

“By gathering here in this virtual environment, we show that no matter the fight, our nation stands ready for any challenge that faces us,” said MG John R. Evans, Fort Knox Commanding General. “We are forever indebted to our fallen. Let us honor them this Memorial Day and everyday by standing ready to preserve and defend our United States of America.”

The Adjutant General of Kentucky, BG Hal B. Lamberton, said it’s a time to not only remember the fallen, “I ask that each of you recall, not just the service member, but also that service members family. Because without the support of our families we could not do what we do today.”

Gov. Andy Beshear also shared a message, “On this Memorial Day, take strength and determination and a renewed commitment from their example and keep fighting to save our loved ones from the pandemic we’re facing.”

Gov. Beshear encouraged people to participate in the National Moment of Remembrance, “On Monday, May 25 at 3 o’clock eastern time, wherever you are, please pause for one minute in this act of national unity to demonstrate your gratitude and respect for those who have died for our freedom.”

Watch the full video HERE.

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