The annual Veterans Day parade traditionally held in downtown Victoria has been canceled.
For the 101st observance of the holiday, which originally marked the end of World War I, the pandemic is expected to still be a factor.
The Victoria event has drawn hundreds together in past years to celebrate the federal holiday.
“To insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose,” according a 1954 Veterans Day Proclamation issued by former President Dwight Eisenhower.
Andy Rosales, chairman of the Victoria County Veterans Council, said it is heartbreaking that the parade had to be canceled.
“It is a sad time to have these events,” Rosales said. “We just have to abide by it.”
Despite the parade’s cancellation, smaller events to celebrate veterans are still scheduled, including a 12-mile march for participants to recreate a military-style rucksack march.