Kathie Lee Gifford Says Coronavirus Pandemic Shows Americans 'How Precious Our Freedoms Are'

She might be celebrating from home, but Kathie Lee Gifford will still have a Memorial Day filled with pomp and circumstance. The former Today co-anchor, 66, will virtually host Ancestry’s Parade of Heroes Monday on Facebook.

“This year, of course, we're trying to make it possible for everyone to celebrate at home. I think it will be a great blessing for people,” Gifford tells PEOPLE of the parade put on by Ancestry, the leader in family history. “With so much negative news, so much to be concerned about, it'll be 45 minutes or so respite from that.”

Memorial Day holds a special meaning in Gifford’s heart because of her family ties to the military.



She hopes that the country comes out on the other side of the health crisis it's been experiencing for over two months now. “We're all facing a different adversary right now with this virus, but we're going to come through this,” Gifford assures. “We're America, we're American and we are a very sturdy bunch.”

Ancestry’s Parade of Heroes will stream Monday at 11 a.m. ET on Ancestry’s Facebook Page via Watch Party. Following the program, Ancestry invites viewers to participate by sharing a picture or video on Instagram to commemorate who they are remembering this Memorial Day, using the hashtag #RememberAtHome.

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