Ft. Snelling Memorial Day traditions adapt amid COVID-19 pandemic

The traditional Memorial Day service at Ft. Snelling was held virtually due to the pandemic. (FOX 9)

Nearly 50,000 people typically visit Fort Snelling National Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend, but due to the pandemic this year was a bit different. 

The annual service was held virtually and posted to the cemetery’s Facebook page, which showed a private ceremony with fewer than ten guests. 

Thousands of flags are usually placed on graves as well, but the group effort was called off this year due to COVID-19. Instead, visitors are allowed to place their own flags and flowers on grave sites.

The cemetery is open from dawn to dusk.