HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) — Henderson City Commissioner Brad Staton says the annual Memorial Day Cross Display exhibit has been postponed.
In a Facebook post, Staton says organizers said the reasons behind the decision were a lack of volunteers and social-distancing concerns due to COVID-19.
Staton says he offered to head up the volunteers and worked on plans for volunteer guidelines to potentially still be able to safely put them out. Jim Hanley, who is in charge of the display, indicated he believes it would be best to return to the original plan to postpone the display given the current threat of illness and state of the unknown.
Staton says Hanley mentioned to him he is “overwhelmed by the support of the city and our citizens and that while he knew this display meant a lot to a lot of people, that he realizes now more than ever just how much we appreciate his efforts and the efforts of all the volunteers it takes on a yearly basis to make this happen.”
“While I am truly heartbroken that we will not see the display this May, Mr. Hanley did express a desire to put the exhibit out later this fall, maybe in honor of Veteran’s Day, and to reschedule the service for that time, too,” Staton said in a Facebook post. “Whatever the decision, I support it, and I know how difficult of a decision it was for that group who cares so deeply about our veterans and about this community. Please, if you know them, find the time to let them know how much you appreciate everything they have done for this community.”
- WATCH LIVE: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear gives COVID-19 update
- A dozen Evansville organizations to receive part of a $10M grant
- Illinois health officials report 2,166 new coronavirus cases, 25 deaths
- WATCH: Southeastern Stream Live – Week 2
- Relief for sleep apnea patients could come not with a machine, but an implant