FLORENCE, Ky. — Honor Flight Tri-State can’t honor veterans as they typically do this year, so they're holding a parade.
The nonprofit traditionally raises money to fly veterans to Washington DC and takes them on a tour of the memorials, but the pandemic has canceled the flight this year.
Instead, Honor Flight Tri-State is holding an “in-car” parade for veterans at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Florence Mall.
Cheryl Popp, executive director of Honor Flight Tri-State, said the parade is especially significant as Veterans Day approaches.
“Veterans need to be thanked on their day no matter what’s happening in the world,” Popp said. “You know, what they did for our country hasn’t been canceled. So we wanted to do something that would meet all the restrictions and still give them a special day."
The parade, which will take place in the mall’s parking lot, will consist of participants lining the route in their cars. Participants will stay in their cars and wave as the veterans drive through.
Organizers have arranged for patriotic music and parade announcements to play on the radio so people can listen along.
The lot will open to participants at 9 a.m. on Sunday, an hour before the parade starts.