American Legion in Lyndonville will observe Memorial Day without parade

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 May 2021 at 9:32 am

Provided photos: The Houseman-Tanner American Legion Post 1603 set up a POW/MIA table in front of Lyndonville’s Veterans Park for Memorial Day in 2020.

LYNDONVILLE – The American Legion Post in Lyndonville has decided against doing a Memorial Day parade this year on May 31 and there won’t be a public service.

The Legion will have a POW/MIA Table set up near the flagpole on Memorial Day morning at Veterans Park.

“Flags will be placed in the cemeteries,” said Steve Goodrich, commander of the Houseman-Tanner Post. “The Fallen will be remembered.”

This is the second Memorial Day where there won’t be a parade and public service. Goodrich said the Post is acting out of concern for the members. Many of them are elderly with health issues, Goodrich said.

“I simply refuse to place these gentlemen at risk,” he said.

He expects the parade and a public service will be back on schedule in 2022.

“I look forward to being able to return to our full observances  next year,” Goodrich said.

Joseph Hausler, Adjutant of the Houseman-Tanner Post, played Taps during a Memorial Day Observance about a year ago. Steve Goodrich, the Post Commander, also was present for the service where the names of people were read from Lyndonville who are currently serving in the military.