Pandemic forces Memorial Day program cancellations


HURON — The  continued COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of several local Memorial Day programs.
Huron

The annual Memorial Day program in Huron has been cancelled this year, as the Veteran’s Council is adhering to Governor Kristi Noem’s request to limit gatherings at events.

VFW to forego placing flags
HURON — The Huron VFW, Post 1776, announced that due to the surge in COVID-19 positives in the community, the post will not put flags out at the cemeteries this year for Memorial Day.

“As much as we want to honor our deceased veterans, we also want to be responsible and not endanger our members or volunteers,” said post commander Dale Greenfield.

Alpena
ALPENA — Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Alpena Legion and Auxiliary will not hold its traditional Memorial Day service and dinner this year.

They encourage the community to honor fallen heroes and deceased family members and friends in a safe and individual manner.
The Legion and Auxiliary will miss the gathering but believe they should do their part to keep the community safe.

Hitchcock
HITCHCOCK — The Hitchcock American Legion and Auxiliary Raymond Hart Post No. 84 announces there will not be a service at Altoona Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 25. The dinner at the Legion Hall is also cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be a parade of cars with people waving flags in salute to living veterans and those who have served the country and passed on.

Organizers ask that cars line up at the Legion Hall in Hitchcock and the people in them wave flags. The cars will wind through town and proceed to Altoona Cemetery. Then the parade will return to the Legion Hall. 

Everyone is invited to join the parade. Other town residents are invited to line the parade route waving flags, while observing social distancing guidelines.

There will be a virtual cemetery service broadcast on the Hitchcock United Methodist YouTube site.  There will be a link to the ceremony on the Hitchcock American Legion and Auxiliary Facebook page. The ceremony will also be aired on a Venturecomm local television channel for those who are served by them.

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