CHATHAM – With great regret, Chatham Post 42, American Legion, announces cancellation of its annual public Memorial Day ceremonies honoring the nation’s fallen servicemen and women.
“The continuing deadly coronavirus pandemic has forced us to make the difficult decision to cancel our historic Memorial Day program in the Village of Chatham,” announced Commander Jim Garvey.
“As social distancing has become the best defense against the virus, Post 42 will be observing limited ceremonies this year to comply with public gathering restrictions,” Garvey said.
The Legion’s officers and color guard will place memorial wreathes and conduct brief services at veterans’ memorials in Chatham, Ghent and Spencertown to remember their fallen comrades this year.
Many veterans’ organizations and fraternal groups will forgo the traditional placement of flags on the graves of individuals to comply with social distancing rules in their localities.
However, the commander said, Chatham Post 42 is making every effort with limited volunteers to recognize the graves of veterans by continuing the tradition of placing American flags on gravesites within the village and neighboring communities.
“The pandemic has impacted traditional observances,” Garvey concluded, “but should not prevent citizens from personally remembering the service and sacrifices of those who selflessly defended our nation in war and peace. And, this year we should especially keep in mind the dedicated doctors, nurses, emergency personnel and all others on the frontline in battling Covid-19.”