La Porte’s Memorial Day service will be moved online this year, according to American Legion Post 83 Auxiliary President and Bar Manager Kathylynn Miller.
Miller, who helps orchestrate the services each year along with the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Barb Cavin, said this decision comes as the coronavirus pandemic continues its hold in Indiana.
“After Speaking with the Mayor and other Veterans organizations, it was decided to do the service online,” Miller said. “We are disappointed that we can’t gather as we have in past years, but we must consider the health and safety of our members and the public. Though we won’t all be together, we can still honor and remember our nation’s heroes safely from our homes.”
La Porte Mayor Tom Dermody, who will be giving the welcome at the ceremony, said he thinks this decision is the right call.
“While online services certainly aren’t preferable, we are doing what we can to make the most of the situation we are in,” Dermody said. “Memorial Day and its celebrations will look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t observe the holiday by reflecting on our freedoms and paying our respects to those who fought to protect them.”
Questions about the virtual service and how to watch it can be sent to the City’s Communications Director Jessica Bruder at JBruder@CityOfLaPorteIN.gov.