Virtual Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony honors R.I.’s fallen heroes

Virtual Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony honors R.I.’s fallen heroes

PROVIDENCE – Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee was joined Monday by Gov. Gina Raimondo and other state and military officials to honor Rhode Island’s fallen soldiers during a virtual wreath-laying ceremony in the Garden of Heroes. The garden, located on the southwest lawn of the Statehouse, pays tribute to Rhode Island service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country since Sept. 11, 2001.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to protect the well-being of veterans, military families and others who would normally participate, the ceremony was conducted without an audience.

The program featured remarks by McKee, Raimondo, and Rhode Island Director of Veterans Affairs Kasim Yarn. Following the remarks, Maj. Gen. Christopher Callahan, adjutant general and commanding officer of the Rhode Island National Guard, laid a wreath on the Garden of Heroes monument, which is engraved with the names of Rhode Island’s fallen heroes. The event concluded with the playing of taps by First Sgt. Anthony Abatecola of the Rhode Island Army National Guard.

Families of the fallen and all Rhode Islanders are encouraged to watch the ceremony, which will be broadcast on Capitol TV and streamed on the Lt. Gov.’s Facebook page. The Capitol TV broadcasts will begin on the day the ceremony is normally held and will replay on Thursday, May 21, 10 a.m. and 9 p.m.; and Friday, May 22, at 10 a.m.