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Tewksbury Memorial Day Parade Cancelled Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

Flowers are laid at the Tewksbury Memorial Day Ceremony.

The COVID-19 virus has done something that inclement weather and financial difficulties have been unable to do over the years -- cause the cancellation of the traditional Tewksbury's Memorial Day festivities.
Selectman Mark Kratman announced Thursday that due to ongoing restrictions on large gatherings, the state has denied the town's request to hold the parade along Route 38 (a state road).
"We put in the request. We wanted to ask and hope things might be allowed by the end of the month. But we were turned down," said Kratman.
Similarly, the the town will not be holding the traditional Memorial Day Ceremony at the Tewksbury Cemetery on East Street, at least not in the manner that is familiar to residents. According to Kratman, representatives of the Tewksbury VFW are working with town officials to try and put together some type of ceremony that adheres to the social distancing restrictions and could be broadcast live on Tewksbury Telemedia.
As of May 6, Tewksbury had 426 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to statistics provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
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