Traditional Memorial Day Ceremony is Canceled, But A Covid Memorial Vigil Will Be Held


A yarn memorial decoration at the monument. Photo by Michal.

On Memorial Day every year, veterans and political leaders gather at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Riverside Park on 89th Street for a ceremony. But the Covid-19 crisis has led to that event being postponed. Still, some people may gather at the monument to pay their respects. Manhatan Borough President Gale Brewer has said she plans to go.

There will, however, be a Memorial Day service of sorts at 4 p.m. in front of the Riverside Rehabilitation Center on West 87th Street and Riverside Drive. Caring Majority, an organization focused on making long-term care more affordable and accessible, will be holding a vigil to commemorate the victims of Covid-19. Dozens of residents of the Riverside Rehabilitation Center have died of Covid-19. Council member Helen Rosenthal is expected to be there, the organizers tell us.

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    1. Dan McSweeney says:

      The tradition of honoring the fallen at the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument continued today, though as a livestream.

      https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=702735190561187&id=106968377693138

    2. Simple and meaningful commemoration. Thanks for the link.

    3. Janis & Bill says:

      Today, at the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, at the appointed 3PM designated nationally for a moment of silence for the fallen, less than a dozen came to honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, as this unannounced, lone trumpeter played taps.
      https://youtu.be/H4nhaJ_9q1s