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            Birmingham Veterans Day Parade, nation’s oldest, to be held virtually

            72nd annual Veterans Day Parade

            The 72nd annual Veterans Day Parade in Birmingham, Alabama. (Joe Songer | jsonger@al.com).

            Birmingham’s annual Veterans Day Parade, which has run through the city’s downtown every year since 1947, won’t happen in its traditional format this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

            The 73rd annual event will take place online at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 this year, according to event organizers.

            “Due to safety concerns, we knew the parade could not happen in its traditional format,” Mark Ryan, the president of the parade, said in a statement. “Despite this barrier, we wanted to continue to remember and honor our nation’s veterans while teaching others about their sacrifice, and this virtual event gives us the ability to do just that.”

            The event is billed as the longest-running Veterans Day Parade in the country. The virtual event will be shown at nationalveteransday.org, and will include live and recorded content celebrating the nations veterans.

            Coronavirus cases have risen steadily in Alabama throughout October and into the first day of November. Jefferson County, home of Birmingham, has seen a significant rise in new cases over the last few weeks, and has the highest 7-day average for new cases of any county in the state.

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