Sen. Kelly Loeffler Calls on VA to Allow Celebration of American Heroes on Memorial Day


ATLANTA – Today, conservative businesswoman and political outsider Kelly Loeffler called on the Department of Veterans Affairs to allow groups to celebrate Memorial Day by placing flags at national cemeteries. In a letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, Senator Loeffler urged the Administration to authorize this long-standing tradition of honoring American Heroes – as long as participants adhere to proper social distancing requirements.

From Fox News:

“In a letter exclusively obtained by Fox News, Loeffler, R-Ga., urged VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and the undersecretary for Memorial Affairs, Randy Reeves, to amend the recent decision and allow small groups of volunteers to take part in the tradition — provided they abide by social distancing guidelines.

‘Americans from every community across the nation come together on Memorial Day to honor those who gave their lives in service to their country. America’s fallen heroes fought and died to protect our way of life, and it’s only right that their friends, families, and communities wish to respect that sacrifice by visiting their final resting place,’ Loeffler, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, wrote.

‘This coordinated display of patriotism comes together with hours of planning and preparation, designed to bring comfort to those whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice,’ Loeffler wrote. ‘If small groups of volunteers are able to abide by necessary safety restrictions, I believe their work to honor our service men and women should continue as planned on Memorial Day.’

According to Loeffler’s office, Georgia is home to over 700,000 veterans and is well-known for its Memorial Day celebrations. Loeffler’s office told Fox News that organizations, like the National Memorial Day Association of Georgia, were forced to cancel their events, and other Georgia residents reached out to the senator’s office to share their disappointment in the VA’s decision.”

Sen. Kelly Loeffler is a conservative businesswoman and political outsider who was appointed by Governor Brian Kemp to serve as Georgia’s junior Senator in the United States Senate. Using her experience in the private sector, Loeffler has championed President Trump’s fair-trade deals, backed efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, sponsored legislation to protect the unborn, and proudly stood in defense of the 2nd Amendment. In the Senate, Loeffler serves on the Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committees, where she is working to Keep America Great by creating jobs, strengthening our public safety, and investing in our communities and families. Follow Sen. Loeffler on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Sign up for campaign updates HERE.


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