There has been talk of not holding the Memorial Day ceremonies in Morris this year due to Corvid19. However, I believe it must be held, even if done diﬀerently than in past years.
The men and women we honor did not shirk their duties, and we must continue to honor them.
For years, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5039 in Morris has held ceremonies at the Veterans’ Memorial at Seventh Street and College Avenue, while the American Legion Post 29 has held a service at the Armory.
So, this year, with folks asked to not congregate too closely, let us hold the entire ceremony at the Memorial. A few chairs can be set up on the street, folks can stand at a distance on the streets, while others can stay in their cars parked along Seventh Street and College Avenue, listening on KMRS Radio, while able to see from a distance. The ceremony can even be a bit shorter.
Grave flags can be placed in Summit and Calvary cemeteries on Thursday and gathered on the following Tuesday.
We must honor those who gave their all. It can be done. Those we honor ﬁgured out a way to win the wars; we must figure out a way to honor them, while staying safe.
Vice Commander, VFW Post 5039 Member, Legion Post 29 Member, Vietnam Veterans of America