Public service won’t take place on Memorial Day

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the local American Legion post will not host a public Memorial Day ceremony on the Lynchburg Square this year. {File Photo}

LYNCHBURG — According to American Legion Post 192 Commander Bill Thomas of Lynchburg, for the first time in 27 years, there will not be a Memorial Day ceremony on the Lynchburg Square on Monday, May 25 due to COVID-19 concerns. But that doesn’t mean Moore County won’t remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Metro Mayor Bonnie Lewis encourages locals to show a public display of respect … even if we can’t gather together. Instead, she suggested that from today through Memorial Day citizens stop by the Lynchburg Square and place a flag, flower, or your choice of remembrance on the Courthouse lawn.

“We are thankful for those that gave their all for our freedom and for our local veterans who usually lead us in our annual remembrance ceremony,” Mayor Lewis state on Metro Facebook page. “Out of respect for all, we can show appreciation this year in a different way and look forward to next year when we gather in our lawn chairs.”

Commander Thomas also suggested that citizens could light a red candle on Memorial Day to “remember those who shed their blood in combat and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country.” •

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