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Amid Pandemic, Honor Guard Pays Tribute On Memorial Day

Members of the Cassadaga Legion Honor Guard are pictured Monday morning during a tour of a dozen cemeteries in recognition of Memorial Day. P-J photo by Eric Tichy
Members of the Cassadaga Legion Honor Guard are pictured Monday morning during a tour of a dozen cemeteries in recognition of Memorial Day. P-J photo by Eric Tichy

CASSADAGA — Members of the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 Honor Guard, using military like precision, visited a dozen cemeteries Monday in recognition of Memorial Day.

Sporting blue face masks and standing 6 feet apart, the Honor Guard made sure the coronavirus pandemic would not put a stop to a decades-long tradition of paying tribute to military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

“We’re going to be doing what we always do, which is get the guys together,” said Karl Lawson, local Honor Guard chairman, during an interview last week. “The guys will be wearing masks. Normally we stand one arm’s length apart, which is about 2-3 feet. This year will be two arm’s lengths. We will still be practicing social distancing.”

Stops on Monday included Charlotte Center Cemetery, Burnham Hollow Cemetery, Christian Cemetery, Bachellor Hill Cemetery, Stockton Evergreen Cemetery, Stockton Greenwood Cemetery, Oregon Cemetery at Centralia Corners, Red Bird Cemetery, Gerry Cemetery, Sinclairville Cemetery, Pickett Corners Cemetery and end at the Cassadaga Cemetery

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