Hall Co. Sheriff's Office Holds Memorial Day Vigil

The Hall County Sheriff's Office observance of Memorial Day continued this year with a 24-hour vigil by the Honor Guard and remarks by Sheriff Gerald Couch.

"COVID-19 may have changed some things this year, but it will not stop our men and women from honoring those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces,” Couch said.  “We remain committed to the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this country.”

Typically held annually at Memorial Park Cemetery in Gainesville, the vigil transitioned to Memorial Park South Cemetery in Flowery Branch this year. Holding to tradition, Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard sentries began replicating the maneuvers and steps conducted at the Tomb of Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery at 12 a.m. this morning.

Honor Guard members march for approximately 45 minutes before handing off to the next sentry.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, Honor Guard members with the Gainesville Police Department and Hall County Fire Services are also participating in the rotation.

The vigil continues until 12 a.m. Tuesday morning and is open to the public.