'We still find a way to express our feelings:' Memorial Day comes with some changes across Long Island
Memorial Day comes with some changes across Long Island this year.
Many parades and ceremonies were either scaled back or canceled.
The Village of Hempstead's ceremony at Greenfield Cemetery only had about a dozen people present.
And Freeport High School students put on a virtual tribute.
Instead of taking part in a march like usual, Seaford Congressman Peter King joined Nassau County Executive Laura Curran in a car parade.
"In the midst of this lock down, of this pandemic, that we still find a way to express our feelings. So I would say fly the American flag, be proud about it," says Rep. King.
Today's car parade in Nassau started at the Nassau Coliseum and ended at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.
The parade was streamed on Facebook.
The event was closed to the public, but local veterans' groups paid tribute to fallen military personnel with a wreath laying ceremony.
"We have to make this work. We can never never forget the guys that gave their blood. The generation that gave it all for America," says director of Veteran Services Nassau County Ralph Esposito.
In Suffolk County, the town of Babylon also held virtual ceremonies.
The special live broadcasts of Memorial Day ceremonies started at 8:30 a.m.
The Town of Huntington hosted similar online ceremonies.