Jacksonville Virtual Memorial Day observance to include families of fallen service members

The city of Jacksonville will host a virtual memorial day on Monday to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces who gave their lives in the service of the U.S.

The pre-recorded observation will be posted on the city’s YouTube channel and social media at 8:00 a.m. on Monday.

The visit includes comments from Mayor Lenny Curry, the military leadership, music selections from the Voices of Jacksonville, the touring choir of the Jacksonville Children’s Chorus, Jacksonville Pipes & Drums, and others.

The video was produced on the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall, the 65 foot long black granite memorial behind an eternal flame at 1145 E. Adams St. next to TIAA Bank Field.

A city spokesperson told WJCT News on Friday that this year’s compliance was recorded for the sake of social distancing. It is the second year in a row that Jacksonville has held a virtual memorial day due to the pandemic.

The audience was invited to lay wreaths in honor of fallen family members, friends and loved ones on Saturday, May 22nd, as part of the reception. The reminder, which will be released on Monday May 31st, will also include interviews with family members who have lost a loved one.

According to the city, the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall is the second largest memorial wall in the country and the only wall honoring all six branches of the military.

It contains the names of soldiers from the First World War to the War on Terror. The wall was inaugurated for the 20th anniversary in November 2015.

This year, two Soldiers, Quinton Jones, US Army, and Jason Recker, US Navy, are added to the 1,700 names of men and women in the Jacksonville area who have served our country their lives.

You can find more information about the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall here.

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