Ferndale's more than 130-year tradition of honoring veterans on Memorial Day won't be broken by COVID-19 but the Victorian Village is changing its usual plans to keep spectators and veterans safe. Instead of crowds lining up on the sidewalks, people are invited to park along the route through town and watch the flag pass from their cars.
A shot of a previous Ferndale Memorial Day parade from the YouTube video of pre-recorded speeches.
In their press release, organizers ask, "Please honor the day and the sacrifices which were made for our freedom. If you plan on viewing the presentation of our flag as it passes through town, please follow the social distancing requirements of our state." Sounds like the patriotic thing to do.
Veterans will head off at 10:15 a.m. toward the closed cemetery for a private ceremony at 11 a.m. and you can watch the pre-recorded speeches from Rex Bohn, Mike Bibby, Lee Tomasini, Cindy Jacobsen McWhorter and Pastor Vic Alvarado in the video below.
Read the full press release and see the route below: