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The sons and daughters of the American Revolution take part in the Memorial Day parade in Woodsboro in 2017.

The annual Memorial Day parade and related activities in Woodsboro have been canceled this year.

Michael Strausbough, Memorial Day committee chairman for American Legion Post 282 in Woodsboro, said in a statement that the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people led to the decision.

“This decision was made in the interest of not only our veterans and their families but the general public who attend the Memorial [Day] services and parade,” Strausbough said in a statement. “Thank you for understanding and your continued support of our veterans and their families.”

Woodsboro Burgess Bill Rittelmeyer said Monday that the town itself is not affiliated with the parade and activities and it was the legion’s decision to cancel the festivities.

Still, he said he can’t remember — in the roughly 25 years he’s lived in town — any time the parade has been canceled, except for rain. He said some residents and others might not have felt comfortable attending the festivities due to the pandemic.

“It certainly would have been a gathering of more than 10 people,” Rittelmeyer said.

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(9) comments


Good, now the 25 spectators will have to find something else to do.


Now this is a shame. No blame here but a shame. I am quite certain Americans who defeated many world superpowers over the last few hundred years, survived cholera, Spanish flu, and other breakouts could figure out how to have a parade that was safe to all if the government would just step out of the way. We do know how to think, most of us anyway.


It was a parade in Philadelphia that lead to an outbreak of the “Spanish Flu”.


Stay home if you're afraid, Jleftwich. The rest of us are done with this BS.


I merely posted an article about an historic outbreak, and you jump to conclusions?


You’re so brave and strong. How do you do it?


Historian Alfred W. Crosby stated in 2003 that the flu originated in Kansas, and popular author John M. Barry described a January 1918 outbreak in Haskell County, Kansas


Seems like they could figure out how to do it if they really wanted to.


They probably could. I would hope most people would be reasonable and practice social distancing. But if I had to guess, it's more about the stress and concern by organizers (who are probably volunteers) that just doesn't make it worth the risk. Liability probably weighs in to the decision as well.

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