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While the American Legion Leasure-Blackston Post 239 and the City of Worthington had hoped the 2021 Memorial Day Parade would be back in its traditional form in 2021, the health and safety of parade spectators and participants is of the utmost importance. That is why the Worthington Memorial Day Parade is being reimagined in a smaller format for 2021.
Organizers consulted with Worthington’s public health agency, Columbus Public Health, and carefully reviewed State of Ohio COVID-19 orders and safety protocols, before making the difficult decision to revise plans for the 101st Memorial Day Parade. Due to current COVID-19 conditions and challenges enforcing health orders for physical distancing and contact tracing, holding the traditional parade would put the community at risk.
The 2021 Memorial Day remembrance will include a short honor guard procession to Walnut Grove Cemetery where the traditional ceremony will occur to honor fallen veterans who have given the ultimate sacrifice. A limited number of program participants and spectators will be in attendance for the ceremony at Walnut Grove. The event is being planned according to COVID-19 safety protocols in a way that is safe for all in attendance.
Video of the procession and ceremony will be posted on the City of Worthington website and on social media. More information will be provided at worthington.org and alohio239.org when it is available.
We hope you take time with your families this Memorial Day to remember those who have lost their lives in service to our country.
Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers of the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War.
Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.
The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on May 30, 1868. When Memorial Day became a federal holiday, it was given the floating date of the last Monday in May. Since many companies close for the holiday, Memorial Day weekend is three days long for most people. It is the unofficial beginning of the summer vacation season that lasts until the first Monday in September, which is Labor Day.
During the Memorial Day weekend, many families visit war memorials and military cemeteries to honor the dead veterans especially if they include relatives. At Washington, D.C.’s Arlington Cemetery, members of the U.S. Army and volunteers place small United States flags at exactly the same spot at each tombstone. The nationwide display of patriotism is touching and inspiring.