Veterans Council Cancels Parade, Delays Flags

POTTSTOWN PA – The borough’s annual Memorial Day parade, which has been sponsored “for decades” by the Pottstown Joint Veterans Council, has been canceled with “no plans to reschedule” it, council President Billy Worrell wrote in a Monday (May 18, 2020) e-mail. Also canceled, he said, was the yearly observance at the Vietnam Veterans memorial in Memorial Park that follows the parade.

Both were called off this year because of the continuing coronavirus pandemic, Worrell added.

The council consists of BG Elmer S. Friedberg American Legion Post 244 in Sanatoga; George A. Amole American Legion Post 47, Pottstown (which merged with Post 244 in 2019); Thomas P. Kaas Sr. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 780, Pottstown; Vietnam Veterans of America Keystone Chapter 565, Pottstown; George Pron-Paul Seton Marine Corps League Detachment 450, Spring City; and the Disabled American Veterans chapter.

At the request of Montgomery County Commissioners and the county’s Department of Veterans Affairs, also due to the pandemic, the council also has been asked to postpone placing American flags on Pottstown area veterans’ graves, Worrell reported. The council intends on June 26 to pick up its 2020 flag allotment from the county, and hopes to distribute them on veterans’ graves by July 4.

The council, Worrell noted, is annually responsible for about 5,000 flag placements in 15 local cemeteries. His e-mail thanked community residents “for their support over the years.”

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