Memorial Day celebrations will be a little different this year because of the COVID-19 restraints. 

Arab VFW Commander Kevin Hoffmaster said this year's ceremony will be a small ceremony. There will not be a keynote speaker at the Marshall County and Arab ceremonies. 

Hoffmaster said Boaz and Arab's VFWs used to put on the memorial ceremony together at the Guntersville Courthouse, but Boaz wants to focus more on their new memorial location at Old Mill Park.   

The ceremony should last about 30 minutes or so, but they will not have the typical ceremony. The Boy Scouts will not be on hand nor will a group of singers. He believes they may have a singer, but he was not certain of that information at the time the paper was printed. 

This ceremony will include the laying of the wreath and the mayors of the cities may speak along with a speech from Hoffmaster. 

It has been requested that you wear a mask, but it is not required. Social distancing is a requirement. 

For sanitation purposes, the courthouse will not be opened, but there are restrooms at Errol Allen Park.

The first ceremony will take place at the Marshall County Courthouse at 11 a.m. and a second ceremony will take place at Arab City Park at 2 p.m. They will attempt to run a Facebook Live at the time of the event, but they are unsure if they will be able to do this. 

The service at Arab will be the exact same as the one at the Courthouse. 

Hoffmaster hopes by Veterans Day, everything will be on track and the ceremony can proceed as normal.

Boaz will have a cut down version of their Memorial Day celebration as well. Commander John Tuck said they will have a live broadcast of their 11 a.m. service on their Facebook page. 

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