TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – This year’s Veterans Day parade in Terre Haute was been canceled but organizers say they are still preparing to honor those who have served.
Typically on Veterans Day, Wabash Avenue is lined with community members paying their respect to the men and women who have served the U.S. military.
In 2020, organizers say the parade that some have become accustomed to won’t happen, out of respect for safety.
“It could’ve been done under different formalities but there was no need to do that. A lot of our veterans and veteran supporters are aged, and fit in that guideline of high risk,” said Garri Knezevich, V.F.W. Post 972 auxiliary member.
But the cancellation of the parade doesn’t mean local veterans will not be honored.
“One veteran told me a couple of weeks ago, he said that ‘You can cancel the Veterans Day parade but you do not cancel Veterans Day,'” Knezevich said.
Leaders say an Armistice Day celebration will be held outside of V.F.W. Post 972 in Terre Haute on Wednesday. The event will include singing from military member Erin Oransky, who has previously performed at the Indy 500. There will also be a Color Guard ceremony and various speeches.
“We want this to be a safe event but it needs to happen. We need to let veterans know that we appreciate them,” Knezevich said.
Darrel Knight, a veteran and quartermaster of V.F.W. Post 972, says Indiana has a large base of military members, especially those who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. He says he believes it is critical that these men and women are acknowledged for their sacrifice.
“Not every veteran has been in war, not every veteran has served overseas but they’re still veterans and, by golly, we should acknowledge those that we do have,” Knight said.
The Armistice Day celebration in Terre Haute will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, and all are encouraged to attend.
Organizers say it is their plan that the tradition of the Veterans Day parade continues next year.