QUINCY (WGEM) -- The 2020 Veterans Parade in Quincy has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to organizers.
This will be the first time in 12-years that the parade has not taken place. Organizers say they worked for months on the parade, but the safety of the community played a roll in canceling the annual event.
"We started discussing it. We weighed all the pros and cons of whether we should have the parade or not. And we decided in our august meeting that it was probably better to just cancel this year for public safety," said Scott Thoele, Quincy Veterans Day Committee Chairman.
"A lot of our veterans are older people, and we didn't want to potentially expose them. And plus we didn’t know what COVID was going to be like in November. It’s supposed to get worse as it gets colder and last year's parade was very cold. So we decided it was probably best to take a pass this year,” said Scott Thoele, Quincy Veterans Day Committee Chairman.
The parade had been scheduled for November 7.
Officials stated they will begin planning for next year's parade to be held on November 6, 2021.