DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Most Memorial Day events have been canceled, thanks to COVID-19. However, Delhi Township officials are planning to move forward with their usual ceremony. But this year it will be streamed online.
Each year, the Delhi Twp. Veteran's Association has a Memorial Day ceremony, which includes a wreath laying, the playing of taps and speeches from dignitaries from around the area. This year is no different, but people who want to attend the event will have to watch it on the association's Facebook page.
Jeff Lefler, the Delhi Twp. Veteran's Association's secretary, said they were afraid if they canceled the event, people would forget the many people who gave their lives for their country.
"The price was so high and expensive. These men and women gave their lives for our freedoms and for everything that we live," Lefler said. "We can't allow that to be forgotten. We need to put the meaning back in."
The ceremony is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 24, at 1 p.m., and it can be watched live here.
The quarantine and social distancing restrictions are preventing many towns from hosting Memorial Day parades & ceremonies. But you can't just cancel a day that remembers veterans killed in action – so Delhi Township is adjusting its plans. @WCPO pic.twitter.com/G9uiLIeRej
— Ally Kraemer (@AllyKraemer) May 19, 2020