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Memorial Day parade canceled, other events to be prerecorded

Concerns with public gatherings and social distancing have led event organizers to cancel the annual Memorial Day parade and other public events that once drew hundreds of visitors each year.

This year, many of those events will be pre-recorded and broadcast on Memorial Day through the city’s Channel 23 (VTV) and shared through the city’s Facebook page.

The annual observances of Memorial Day are sponsored by American Legion posts 213 and 3, the Vicksburg-Warren County Memorial Day Committee and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

“We will have something from the mayor’s office recognizing Memorial Day, we’ll have a speech given in recognition of the area’s war dead and have a wreath-laying ceremony,” said Willie Glasper, program coordinator. He said organizers have not decided when the taping of those events will take place. 

Glasper said the virtual broadcast is a first for the program, “And it’s only because of the virus.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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