NEEDLES — This year’s memorial Day program at Needles Riverview Cemetery has been canceled.

The program was canceled in an abundance of caution due to COVID-19 and its restrictions, the city said in a prepared statement.

The city stated that it recognizes the sacrifices veterans have made for the country and community and that Natalie Johnson (Fat Cat DJ Nat) will be putting up a social media tribute to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The video tribute can be found on the city’s website ( and Facebook over the Memorial Day weekend beginning Friday.

Those interested in participating in the ninth annual Decoration Day are invited to be at the cemetery at 7 a.m. Friday. 

The city is asking participants to bring a personal face covering, hand tools (i.e. clippers, gas-powered Weedeaters, etc.), garbage bags and water. Garbage receptacles will be on-site for disposal of trash. Removal of all flags and crosses from the gravesites will take place on Memorial Day, May 25 at 4 p.m. 

Community help in decoration of and removal from the cemetery ground is appreciated.

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