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With the threat of COVID-19 and taking into account Idaho Governor Brad Little's Phase 2 Rebound Idaho protocols, the 2020 Memorial Day Remembrance will take place, but it will be a simple, solemn affair.

According to American Legion Post 55 Commander Manny Figueroa, the decision to cancel the traditional parade hurt, but was an easy decision to make.

"The governor said no gatherings of more than 10, and the Memorial Day parade typically draws hundreds," he said. "And the majority are older, those most at risk for this illness. We will not put them in danger."

County veterans and friends will be at Grandview Cemetery at about 5 p.m. Friday to place flags on veterans' graves, and activity that lends itself to social distancing, and they'll be going to outlying Boundary County cemeteries to place flags on Saturday.

At 10 a.m. Memorial Day Monday, May 25, veterans will gather at Grandview for a simple ceremony; the Pledge of Allegiance, the firing of the salute, just the basics.

There will be no guest speakers, no Boy Scout speaker, no Distinguished Young Women, all of whom will be missed.

"We know the Class of 2020 is sacrificing a lot to this pandemic, and we felt it would be inappropriate to carry on our traditions while they are being denied theirs," Manny said. "We are all in this together."

The public is welcome, but are asked to observe social distancing standards.

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Mike Weland has been a journalist since serving as battalion Hometown News specialist in the Army's 82nd Airborne Division beginning in 1979. He is publisher, editor and reporter at KootenaiValleyTimes.com, which he launched in March, 2018.

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