Memorializing the Memorial Day Parade

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Memorializing the Memorial Day Parade

It came as no surprise last month when the Memorial Day parade committee cancelled this year’s event due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But just because this decision didn’t come as a shock, that does not mean we were not disappointed by the news. The Memorial Day parade – and the veterans’ ceremony

The Memorial Day parade – and the veterans’ ceremony that precedes it – are events many in town look forward to each year, signaling the unofficial start to summer. It’s one of those traditions that make Livingston a large town with a small town feel. Neighbors gather along Livingston Avenue and wave flags as the parade passes by. Residents cheer for their friends who are in the parade, and once the last float has gone by, lawn chairs are folded up and families walk home together. The scene is something you’d expect to see in a Norman Rockwell painting.

Although the Memorial Day Parade is one of our favorite township events, we wholeheartedly support the parade committee’s decision to cancel this year’s event. Safety is paramount, and it is clear at this point that the situation with COVID-19 will not allow for safe enough conditions to host a large, crowded event, in just a few weeks’ time.



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