BOSTON (AP) — Two state-run veterans' cemeteries in Massachusetts are scheduled to resume full burial services later this week.

Military committal services, which include the folding of the flag, the playing of Taps, and a gun salute, can he held at the cemeteries in Agawam and Winchendon starting Friday, according to a statement Monday from the state Department of Veterans' Services.

The services were paused on March 17 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The resumed services will be limited to 10 family members or fewer, and face coverings will be required in the chapel, where seats will be spaced six feet apart.



The Board of Health in a small Massachusetts town is at odds with the Select Board over the decision to hold an Independence Day celebration.

The three-member North Brookfield Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to create the July 4 event two weeks after hundreds of people attended a Black Lives Matter protest in town, according to The Telegram & Gazette.

“The position of the board on this issue is if Black Lives Matter can protest down the center of Main Street, on the sidewalk, all on top of each other, and congregate on a church common, all on top of each other, then the people of North Brookfield can march separated down Main Street onto the Town Common,” Selectmen Chairman Dale Kiley said at a meeting last week.

The three-member Health Board called the celebration irresponsible.

“The Board of Health disclaims any and all liability" stemming from the event, the board posted in response to plans for the event that features a parade, beer garden, and children’s events.

Kiley, a retired state police lieutenant and attorney, said he believes fears of COVID-19 have been overblown.

There have been 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the town of fewer than 5,000 residents.

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