A sign of the times. The annual Memorial Day parade in Hamilton Township (Mercer County) has been canceled, according to the Hamilton Pulse

The organizers of the parade, Nottingham Fire Comany, made the disappointing annnouncement, saying:

"Hamiltonians, it is with deep regret we must announce that due to the ongoing public health issue we have decided to cancel the annual Nottingham Fire Company Memorial Day Parade this year. The community’s health and safety are of the greatest importance to us. We ask that whatever you decide to do that day to please stop and take a minute to remember and honor the military personnel we have lost while serving in the United States Armed Forces."

Ugh. I was hoping we'd be starting to get back to "normal" by then, but, it doesn't look like we're going to be. I completely understand the decision, and think it's a smart one at this point. I am still strictly social distancing, as we all should be, but, what a let down. Memorial Day parades are always a great time to come together as a community, and honor the passed heroes of our country.

The canceling of the parade also makes me wonder what's to become of the fun of summer. Memorial Day weekend is also the unofficial kick off to summer, filled with bbqs and beach time. I think it's going to be much different this year. But, that's ok. As my mom always says, "Better to be safe than sorry."

I'm sure other towns will follow suit. I'll keep you posted.