Brent Pyles: Parade will honor veterans, while meeting COVID-19 guidelines

Published 1:59 pm Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Much like you, the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade Committee is closely following the developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and the measures being instituted to help give us the best chance of containing the virus.

We are tuned in to the press briefings from Ohio Gov. DeWine and the ODH to keep up with the information that is known about the virus, social distancing rules, the prohibitions on mass gatherings and how we can all help control its spread here in our community.

We are deeply concerned about the best way to preserve the legacy of the Nation’s longest, continuously held Memorial Day Parade, to memorialize the Veterans that have sacrificed their lives to protect our Nation and still follow proper health and safety mandates during this challenging time.

After consultation with government and health officials, the ILCMDP Trustees have opted to drastically shorten the Parade, limit participation to approved units only, and ask that Parade spectators stay at home, observe social distancing rules and watch the Parade on social media or via live streaming. We cannot safely conduct the Parade as normal, with thousands of people standing side-by-side. Therefore, we will cordon off the parade route using law enforcement, VFD and volunteer radio units. Specifically, this isolation order shall be enforced to the extent set forth in Ohio law (R.C. 3701.352 and 3701.56) More information about the Parade will be forthcoming, as Memorial Day grows nearer and details are finalized. Please understand the need for strict adherence to the rules.

The good news is this will end, and when it does, we know that you and your family will undoubtedly be ready for next year’s Parade and get back to life as normal.

Thank you,

Brent Pyles

President ILCMDP Trustees