Spokane funeral home cancels Memorial Day events, finds another option

SPOKANE, Wash. — Memorial Day is going to be different for those in Spokane looking to pay their respects.

At the Fairmount Memorial Park, they had to cancel all their weekend events due to COVID-19. However, they found another option.

“What we’re going to do this year is have the American Legion riders here in Spokane come and lead a tour through Greenwood Memorial Terrace and Fairmount Memorial Park,” said David Ittner, president and CEO of the Fairmount Memorial Association.

Ittner said he usually has a classic car show, rock concert, beer garden and a veterans pancake feed. This year, none of that can happen because of the pandemic, but people can still pay their respects.

“In their cars safely. No gathering,” he said. “Nobody’s going to get out of their cars. Just gonna follow the American Legion riders through the cemeteries.”

The 3,800 flags will be flying 14 feet in the air throughout the weekend.

“We want people to come to the cemeteries, visit their loved ones, so that process hasn’t changed other than our staff will be there to serve those families,” Ittner said.

The tour will be on Memorial Day starting at 11 a.m.

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