Coronavirus: Lone veteran marches in Memorial Day parade amid pandemic

Coronavirus: Lone veteran marches in Memorial Day parade amid pandemic
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PORTLAND, Maine — Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a Maine city's annual Memorial Day parade became a one-man show.

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According to the Portland Press Herald, a lone veteran, 62-year-old retired Army Sgt. Richard Cobb, marched in Portland's parade Monday, accompanied only by the American flag he carried and two police escorts.

Organizers scaled back the event, which usually features marching bands and throngs of onlookers, to comply with social-distancing measures, WMTW reported.

Cobb, a Bronze Star recipient who served in Iraq, carried the flag to Monument Square, where he laid a wreath as about 30 people looked on, the news outlets reported.

Even in a pandemic, "we can’t forget about our veterans," says Army 1st Sgt. Richard Cobb. A heartfelt tribute.

Posted by Portland Press Herald on Monday, May 25, 2020

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