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Annual Veteran's Day parade now drive-thru event for COVID-19 safety

Posted at 6:19 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 18:19:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — There won't be any lights or sirens in downtown Tallahassee this year, nor hugs, cheers, or salutes on Veteran's Day.

The Veteran's Day Parade usually attracts hundreds, but it won't be happening this year.

Big Bend Hospice is working to find a unique way to honor these local heroes, though.

Big Bend Hospice said it heard about the drive-thru celebrations that many groups have been doing, so they decided on a drive-by celebration that day for veterans in our community.

On Veterans Day, each car will drive through the Tallahassee campus and be greeted by the staff to help commemorate their service.

At 11:11 a.m., there will be a pause in the celebration to observe a moment of silence to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Although the cancelation of the regular Veterans Day Parade due to COVID-19 is disappointing to some, it's understandable.

"I understand why they did it," said Frank Roycraft. "It's a shame."

Master Gunnery Sergeant Frank Roycraft is happy to see a local organization helping honor their local veterans

"It's a tradition that we should always carry on," Roycraft said.

A new tradition for the hospice, hoping to honor as many veterans as they can.

Big Bend Hospice is requesting the drive-thru to be only veterans to avoid violating COVID-19 restrictions but hopes that they'll be able to see everyone during next year's parade.

The drive-thru will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Veteran's Day.