Organizers of the Four Freedoms Veterans Parade that usually takes place in downtown Evansville, Indiana, say the event has been canceled for 2021.
A statement from the Board of Directors says that the parade was canceled this year due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area.
"In the past few weeks with the COVID-19 numbers rising we do not feel that we can ensure the safety of our participants as well as the spectators of the parade," the statement said. "This has not been an easy decision for the board, however, we feel that we have a moral obligation to the community to not indulge in activities that would put a large number of people at high risk to catch COVID-19."
The purpose of the parade is to honor all veterans, both past and present.
Organizers say they now hope to have the next Four Freedoms Veterans Parade on Nov. 12, 2022.