SOUTHINGTON — The American Legion has voted not to hold its annual Memorial Day parade, but will have smaller ceremonies around town.
“Unfortunately the town does not want us to (hold the parade) and we have voted to go with the town’s recommendation,” said Jason Cap, commander of American Legion Kiltonic Post 72.
The legion voted not to hold the parade during its meeting Tuesday, citing ongoing concerns about large gatherings during the pandemic.
“The main reason was that we did not want to expose the police, the fire and the youth to crowds,” said Steve Pintarich, a past commander of Post 72.
The legion will hold smaller ceremonies at cemeteries and memorials in town parks, including Recreation, Panthorn and Memorial parks, starting at 7:30 a.m. Each ceremony will have a rifle volley and the playing of taps. At 11 a.m., Post 72 members will reconvene for the main ceremony on the front lawn of the lodge, 64 Main St.
Both Meriden and Wallingford also opted not to hold parades again this Memorial Day. Cheshire will hold a motorcade for veterans following a wreath-laying ceremony.
The U.S. Coast Guard Band will be playing at the Meriden Green Amphitheater on May 30 at 2 p.m. to mark the city’s recognition of soldiers who died serving their country. In Wallingford, Most Holy Trinity Church will be hosting a public prayer service on May 30 at 7 p.m. and a public ceremony will be held on the front steps of the Town Hall at 10 a.m. on May 31.