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Omaha National Cemetery announces Memorial Day plan

Posted: 5:23 PM, May 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-20 18:23:49-04
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Officials from the Omaha National Cemetery have unveiled their plans for upcoming Memorial Day activities.

Commemoration activities will take place from May 25 through the 28th at the cemetery.

Guests are asked to park at Papillion-La Vista South High School, located at 108th Street and Highway 370, and take a free shuttle to and from the cemetery because parking is extremely limited on site.

Shuttle service will begin at 9 a.m. with the last shuttle before the start of the ceremony departing at 10:45 a.m.

Parking is unavailable at the cemetery fifteen minutes prior to and during the 11 a.m. commemoration ceremony.

“We’re expecting a large crowd for the Memorial Day ceremony, which will significantly limit public parking within the cemetery,” said Cindy Van Bibber, Omaha National Cemetery director. “Additionally, vehicles will not be allowed on cemetery grounds after parking spaces have been exhausted. Highway 50 is off limits to parking so plan accordingly if you plan to attend the ceremony. Due to those two facts, and the amount of traffic around the cemetery, we are highly encouraging the public to carpool and park at Papillion-La Vista South High School and take a free shuttle bus to and from the cemetery.”

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and is expected to last about an hour. Bottled water will be available for free during the event.

Other plans for the weekend include:

  • Flag placement on individual gravesites will take place on Saturday, May 25, beginning at 8 a.m. The public is invited to assist after families are first given priority to place flags on their loved one’s gravesite.
  • The public is invited to participate with flag removal on Tuesday, May 28, beginning at 8 a.m.

The Omaha National Cemetery is located at 14250 Schram Road.