For the second straight year the Memorial Day Parade in Cuyahoga Falls has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parade committee chairman Dave Sebastian said organizers decided to call off the event due to the state's COVID-19 restrictions on outdoor events.
Although the state is allowing outdoor events such as festivals, graduations and sporting events to occur, Ohioans should keep their groups to 10 people or fewer, health department director Stephanie McCloud said.
The good news is that the ceremony that typically follows the parade will happen this year. The event was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The Memorial Day ceremony at Oakwood Cemetery will take place on May 31 at 11 a.m.
"The ceremony will be open to all veterans and any members of the public who wish to attend," Sebastian said.
Participants and attendees will have to wear masks at the event, according to Sebastian. Due to social distancing requirements, the bleachers will not be set up, and attendees should bring a lawn chair.
"Social distancing [can occur] around the Veterans section for all who will attend," Sebastian said. "…That's manageable and we can certainly do that."
In addition to social distancing, according to a public health order from the State of Ohio Department of Health, masks should be worn if social distancing is not possible.
Attendees should also bring their own water because bottled water will not be handed out as it normally is at the program. In addition, portable toilets will not be set up.
Sebastian said the program will follow the same format as it has in past years. A service member who fought in the Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) will speak as part of an observance of the 30th anniversary of that conflict. Mayor Don Walters will also speak.