ALBANY, Ore. -- One of the biggest Veterans Day parades in our area was forced to cancel this year because of the pandemic.
The Albany Veterans Day parade normally fills the streets with hundreds of spectators eager to watch bands, youth groups, businesses, motorcycles and even horses march to honor veterans.
But this year, streets packed with people would be a public health hazard, so organizers decided to wait until 2021 for a big celebration.
When American Legion Post 10 in Albany found out the parade was canceled, they knew they had to do something.
Post Commander David Solomon said dozens of members plan to ride motorycles and cars past eight retirement homes in the area Wednesday to let veterans know they are remembered.
“We kind of expected that the parade wouldn’t happen. So, we were preparing just in case. We always have a backup plan. Veterans will never be forgotten,” Solomon said.
This year’s parade would have been the 69th year of the event.
“We look forward to gathering back together again on Nov. 11, 2021, and honor all in the largest way possible,” said the Veterans Commemoration Association on their website.