Memorial Day in the Tri-State amid COVID-19 pandemic

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Memorial Day 2020 has been different as our lives have been impacted by COVID-19.

But few and far between, some Tristaters are still honoring a day set aside for our fallen soldiers.

Don Horton has been coming to Locust Hill Cemetery in Evansville for decades to honor his father’s family. His dad passed away eight years ago and now he makes it a routine to visit every year.

“Before he died he made me promise that I continue that tradition, so we still do it every year on Memorial Day,” said Horton, who lives in Dubois County. 

On this Memorial Day – remembrances for fallen soldiers like Horton’s didn’t take place in the age of COVID-19 this year. 

In Henderson, for decades flags covered the Central Park lawn and now the area is just featuring a sign.

With the unofficial start to summer, many people are trying to get back to normal, but this Memorial Day has been anything but that. 

People were still out at cemeteries, like Horton who says despite the ongoing pandemic, he’ll still be coming to pay a tribute to those gone too soon.

“Honor the past whether it’s military or not you still got to do it and we enjoy doing it,” he said. 

At Locust Hill, flags would typically be placed at every grave by the Vanderburgh County Veterans Council as a way to remember servicemen and women.

This year, the cemetery sits quiet – in a time that may seem uncertain – many people say showing up in person at a gravesite means more than just a tribute.

“You can’t repay the debt those kids have given to us, so you should honor that history,” Horton said.

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(This story was originally published on May 25, 2020)

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