With Memorial Day fast approaching and the current COVID-19 pandemic, we must consider if the public is at risk to gather to remember on May 25. Many participants take months to prepare for this day and their time, cost, planning and efforts must be considered. It is with a sad heart we Veterans must cancel the 2020 Memorial Day Parade. However, flags will be placed on Veterans’ graves to honor them.

This is a very sacred day remembering the Veterans who are no longer with us. We have been remembering our Veterans with a parade and services in Madison for over 75 years; the only other time the Memorial Day Parade was canceled due to the Route 90 bridge being closed and traffic was rerouted through downtown Madison Village. 

The Veterans of the Madison community hope everyone will remember Memorial Day with family by stopping at your loved one’s grave, telling your children what part their family member did to preserve freedom, praying for them and for sure put your Flag up on that day at home or business.

If your loved one’s grave needs a Veterans Service Marker and US Flag please contact the Painesville Lake County Service Office, any American Legion Post, VFW, AMVETS, DAV, etc. and they will be provided free of charge.

It is important to remember all Veterans who are no longer with us especially the ones “Who gave All” for their Country on Memorial Day. 

Take extreme care and God Bless our Troops in harm’s way.

Mike J. Evangelista


American Legion Post 112

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