On Friday, May 22, 2020, Holley-Riddle Post 21 participated in a “reverse parade” sponsored by The Colony Senior Activities Center. Post 21 was unable to hold the traditional outdoor Memorial Day remembrance ceremony due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The parade was inspired by the Senior Activities Center staff as a way to stay connected with its members, In this event, cars lined up and drove passed stations which included the Post 21 honor guard, local fire and police departments, a bagpiper and more. Each station offered a special message or greeting.
The Post 21 honor guard embraced this event as a way to honor veterans who are no longer with us. As cars approached the station, people gave the name(s) of a loved one who they wanted honored. The honor guard captain brought the detail to present arms, called the deceased veteran’s name, followed by a bell ring in his/her honor. As family members drove off, they expressed their gratitude with tearful words leaving our honor guard team a great sense of fulfillment and “mission accomplished” for this Memorial Day. Over 50 veterans were honored in the two-hour event.