Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, citing his emergency powers, has ordered the removal of all city-owned Confederate statues.
The unarmed troops are in response to a request for support from the U.S. Park Police.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduced legislation to block an effort to expand burial eligibility at Arlington National Cemetery.
Larger services and military burials will resume after a two-month hiatus to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
A wave of Confederate memorial removals that began after a white supremacist killed nine black people 2015 is again rolling.
As lawmakers pressure the VA to replace the headstones, VA Secretary Wilkie said he'd prefer to install explanatory markers.
The VA says they are aware of the headstones but are required to preserve them, as they are considered historic artifacts.
The ban on public gatherings has transformed Memorial Day tributes to the nation's war dead.
The cemetery has turned to virtual events during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Eight WWII veterans -- the youngest of them age 96 -- will join President Donald Trump at a wreath-laying ceremony Friday.