COVID-19

Portage, Kalamazoo cancel Memorial Day parades

Both cities will still hold Memorial Day ceremonies.

The City of Portage has announced that it is canceling its Memorial Day parade this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It’s the second year the city has halted that event due to the pandemic.

That comes after the Kalamazoo Sunrise Rotary announced it was canceling it’s Memorial Day parade in Kalamazoo.

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“Our members look forward to coming together on Memorial Day in 2022 to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said Gary VerMeulen, who coordinates the Portage parade for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5855.

In both cities, there will still be Memorial Day ceremonies held to honor members of the military who have died.

Portage will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 11am at Veterans Memorial Park. Kalamazoo will hold a similar ceremony at 10am at Robert Cook Veterans Park in downtown Kalamazoo.

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