Albany Veterans Day parade on hold until next year

While the parade is canceled, American Legion Post 10 has a backup plan to make sure veterans know they are remembered.

Posted: Nov 11, 2020 10:06 AM
Updated: Nov 11, 2020 10:15 AM

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.

According to the Veterans Commemoration Association, which organizes the parade, the event is the largest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi and the third largest in the nation.

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.

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