Memorial Day tradition in Beverly is canceled
BEVERLY, Mass. (WHDH) -- A Memorial Day tradition in Beverly was canceled this year.
“Memorial Day is not about parades, it’s about honoring those who died for their country,” said Jerry Guilebbe, Beverly’s Veterans’ Agent. “After soul searching for almost two years, looking at how the venue went for Memorial Day, we said we believe there’s a better way of doing it.”
Older veterans are dying off, or many cannot march down the street anymore due to health reasons and younger veterans are usually working. So this year, instead of a holding a parade, organizers felt a better way to honor the city’s 3,000 veterans would be to place a flag on every one of their graves.
“I don’t necessarily think that’s a reflection of this particular city, as we’re tightly bonded and we do good things like that. I just think it’s a reflection of maybe the changing times,” said Mike Halle, a Beverly resident.
Organizers held a Memorial Day event at a park in Beverly on Sunday. They said despite the weather they had a larger turn out than they’ve had at past parades on Memorial Day.