Memorial Day parades and ceremonies to honor the veteran community have been canceled in Massachusetts amid the coronavirus crisis, but that’s not stopping local veteran groups and communities from paying tribute to the fallen this weekend.
While the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has been forced to postpone its Patriot Week events to September because of the pandemic, the organization will have a virtual tribute on Sunday. Also, a military flyover will pass over the group’s memorial in Boston’s Seaport on Monday.
“I feel for the families that are used to being in crowds at a cemetery or town common,” Dan Magoon of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes said on Thursday. “It’s tough for them that those events won’t take place.
“But this crisis doesn’t stop us from paying tribute to those we lost and their families,” he said.
Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was supposed to have its 10th annual Memorial Dinner at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center this week. That convention center is now a field hospital because of the pandemic.
“No different than anyone else, the impact of COVID on us has been severe,” Magoon said. “These are the biggest months for us an organization, but we can rebound in September.”