Veterans of Foreign Wars Downriver Post 7487 will hold a Memorial Day observance beginning at 11 a.m. Monday in front of the “Circle of Honor” monument in Academy Park.
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state would allow Memorial Day ceremonies of 10 people or less statewide, with final decisions about ceremonies being left to local governments.
Accordingly, the only people allowed within the "Circle" area will be VFW members.
The following safety measures are recommended:
•Visitors can watch from their cars or from a safe distance of more than 6 feet away.
•Visitors should wear a mask and be physically distanced from other spectators – at least 6 feet away.
•Families and relatives should remain together.
“Memorial Day is coming up. That is an important American tradition,” Cuomo said. “We want to honor our veterans and we want to make sure that no matter what happens we are still honoring our veterans. The state will allow ceremonies, local ceremonies of up to 10 people or less. We hope that those ceremonies are broadcast; televised in their areas so people can be a part of honoring that tradition.
“Local governments can make a decision that they don't want those ceremonies to happen; they don't want 10 people gathering. Ten is the CDC guideline, is for 10 people gathering. That's where the state got the recommendation from the federal CDC. But I can understand the difference of opinion, so we'll leave it up to local government.
“Vehicle parades I think are appropriate and should be encouraged and, again, this is an important tradition. Many people lost their lives. This is important to many, many families all across this state and nation. It's important to the veterans that they be recognized, and I think we can do that – and I think we can do it safely.”
The VFW intends to landscape the area around the monuments in coming weeks.