CENTREVILLE — The American Legion Jeff Davis Post 18 in Centreville will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, with a truncated version of its normal ceremony, Commander Gregory Manning said.

The legion is still closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic; the brief ceremony for members will take place outside the post beginning at 8 a.m. Members will lower the flag to half-staff and sound taps. Then Manning will give a short speech honoring veterans.

“Those wishing to attend are encouraged to do so in honor of our veterans killed in action or missing in action,” Manning said. “ ... We will show our respect to the KIA and MIAs and that is it.”

Safe distances and masks will be observed, Manning said. Speakers may remove or displace their masks during presentations. Attendance is voluntary for members.

The Centreville American Legion is the only local service or fraternal organization planning a special Memorial Day ceremony this year. Those organizations remain closed by the governor’s order.

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