New Yorkers settled for small ceremonies and car convoys instead of parades Monday as they observed Memorial Day in the shadow of the pandemic, which forced communities to honor the nation’s military dead with modest, more subdued ceremonies that also remembered those lost to the coronavirus.
The commemoration drew hundreds of cars and armed services veterans from across Long Island, and New York City. The procession hosted by the New York Fire Department in Long Island, saw the recitation of the Holy Quran as the ceremony commenced.
Pakistan American Community of Long Island (PACOLI), arranged Memorial Day breakfast for the attendees of the procession. Authorities of the organization including Asim Malik, Ateeq Qadri, Salman sheikh and Ijaz Ahsan honored the fallen military members of the US Armed Forces.
Chief Fire Department stated that the sacrifices of the US Military shall never be forgotten. He expressed gratitude towards PACOLI in participating on this respectful day.
In a year that marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, veterans wore masks and saluted while standing at social-distancing intervals at observances shrunk by virus precautions