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Coronavirus Pandemic Postpones Veterans’ Final Military Ceremony

Lonon faces away from the cemetery while walking away.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC
Ivar Lonon walks away from the plot where the remains of his father and mother were buried at Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, N.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020.

COVID-19 is changing all aspects of life — including the rituals we associate with death. All funerals have been upended, but veterans have now lost one particularly important ceremony: burial with military honors. 

WUNC military and veterans affairs reporter Jay Price shares his reporting with host Frank Stasio about how this policy change is affecting North Carolina’s five active military cemeteries and how families are coping.

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