Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade officials consider alternate plans with this year's event canceled
A Brooklyn tradition that has lasted for over a century is being broken the first time as the Memorial Parade has been canceled. Now those involved are planning ways to keep the tradition alive.
New Yorkers have marched in the Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade for 152 years. It's an event that has stood the test of time. But due to the pandemic, the 153rd installment won't happen this year.
Raymond Aalbue is the executive director of the United Military Veterans of Kings County and chairman of the parade's planning committee. They've been working for nearly a near to finalize their plans.
"It's really meaningful to me and to the members of my committee," says Aalbue. "Most of us are veterans and a couple served in the Korean War."
So for now it's back to the drawing board, and no concrete plans are in place to replace it.
But they say no matter what happens, the next time they step off to match, they will be set to honor veterans and essential workers.