Shillington Cancels Memorial Day Parade and Service due to COVID-19

5/22/2020 6pm – The Shillington Fire Department has now cancelled their Memorial Day drive by event. The reason why is unknown at this time.

5/22/2020 10am – Although the official Shillington Memorial Day Parade is still cancelled, the Shillington Fire Department, will conduct a brief drive by of fire department vehicles through the Borough of Shillington on Monday May 25th 2020 between at 11am.

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“We will continue to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country” states a social media post by the fire company.

“We will follow last year’s parade route through the borough. We ask the residents to continue to follow the CDC Guidelines for social distancing, and show your support for our veterans. Residents are asked to stand on their front porch or on their front yards, waiving your flags to show your support. Please listen for our sirens to indicate we are close to your neighborhood.”

5/18/2020 – The Borough of Shillington has announced the cancellation of its Memorial Day Parade and Service due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement was made Monday by the Borough, with remarks from Ronald Szurgot, II, Commander, The American Legion, Reber-Moore Post 635.

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“There is little doubt that our 2020 Memorial Day celebrations will be vastly different than in past years” said Szurgot in a statement.

“The circumstances we face in our daily lives have required a level of acceptance and resilience we likely never imagined. This state of ‘social distance’ brings us to an even truer community.”

“It is our privilege to remember our fallen comrades on this day as we pause in thanks to those who have served. The ideals of service, dedication and duty are never forgotten by those in uniform. Their sacrifices should never be forgotten by those whose liberties have been secured by their actions.”

Szurgot goes on to say “It is fitting on this day, and especially at this time, that we take a moment to reflect and recognize that the good we enjoy does not come without cost. Many of our family, friends and neighbors have accepted the responsibilities of their call to military, public safety, medical and service professions. Please thank those that you can. Please remember those who are no longer with us.”

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