Lincoln’s annual Veterans Parade cancelled over COVID-19 concerns
The Lincoln's Veterans parade was supposed to take place Sunday afternoon, starting at Lincoln High and making its way to the Capital, but the pandemic put a stop to it.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lincoln Veterans Parade was supposed to take place Sunday afternoon, starting at Lincoln High and making its way to the Capitol, but the pandemic put a stop to it.
“There is a lot of disappointment, but then there is a lot of understanding that we’re in the midst of a pandemic,” Antonio Marino, the organizer of the event said.
Just 24 hour before the event was supposed to take place, the organizers decided to cancel the parade due to the high amount of COVID cases and also based on the fact so many acts in the parade were dropping out because of the uncertainty.
“It was not an honor for any of our brothers and sisters, so we just called it out of respect for everybody and we are going to do it bigger and better next year,” Marino said.
For Marino this is so much more then just a parade, he himself is a veteran, serving from 1999 to 2003. In the hard days COVID has brought on, he said veterans need more support then ever before.
All of that passion and support is being put into next years parade where Marino has already started the planning process. For more information on the Lincoln Veterans Parade or how to donate to local vets, click here.