Veterans Day Parade goes virtual today at 3 p.m.

COVID-19’s voracious appetite for holidays continues today with the cancellation of the annual Veterans Day Parade in North Long Beach. It would have been the 24th edition of the parade.

“Obviously, we can’t have a parade this year,” said 9th District Councilman Rex Richardson, who has organized the last few Veterans Day Parades. So, like everything else in the time of coronavirus, the event to honor our nation’s veterans is going virtual, with a streaming Veterans Day Concert featuring a performance by Rock for Vets along with virtual addresses from local leaders, including Richardson, who is a sponsor of the event.

The Veterans Day Concert runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and it’s billed as a telethon, so, while it’s free, contributions to benefit veterans organizations will be welcome.

You can watch and listen on Facebook or Youtube.

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Tim Grobaty is a columnist and opinions editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his newspaper career at the Press-Telegram in 1976 as a copy boy and moved on to feature writer, music critic, TV critic, copy editor and daily columnist. He’s the author of several books, including I’m Dyin’ Here, and he lives in Long Beach.