ROSEBURG, Ore. -- For many people in Douglas County, the annual Veterans Day Parade is a tradition that cannot be broken, even in a pandemic.
This year, the parade was held in reverse. That means the floats were put in stationary position while visitors drove by.
Organizers said the idea was to keep people inside their vehicles to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“We’re all taking measures to socially distance, everyone is wearing masks, everyone is in their cars, so I think it’s pretty safe,” said Aiyana Brown, who helped with a float.
The parade is typically held in downtown Roseburg. Last year, organizers said they saw more than 100 floats in the parade. However, they said they saw half that this year.
But many people told KEZI 9 News that they’re glad organizers made the best out of the situation.
“There are a lot of people who are going stir crazy right now that wanna get out and go do something,” said Steve Kame, a veteran.
Others said they’re just glad they have the opportunity to celebrate those fought for the country, even during a pandemic.
“I just think it’s important because they really do deserve to be thanked for their service and hard work,” said Skylar Knox.