COLUMN: Upholding a tradition

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted many groups to change, postpone or cancel previously scheduled events out of an abundance of caution under current public health regulations.

The organizers of city festivals, high school proms, chamber luncheons, live concerts and many other events have had to revisit their plans and determine whether they are still feasible with social distancing and face mask guidelines in place.

We know these difficult decisions don’t come lightly for the people having to make them, and their disappointment over canceled events is as deeply felt as ours.

But as state leaders ease restrictions and more businesses and facilities start to reopen, certain local events can move forward as planned—or move forward with slight alterations, at least.

The Columbiana chapter of the American Legion, Post 131, followed through with its annual tradition of placing flags on veterans’ graves.

Post 131 members invited the public to join them on Saturday, May 23 for the tradition.

“We want the community to know that this will be a safe gathering that will be easy to keep to social distancing guidelines,” Post Commander Sam Horton said to Columbiana community columnist Sasha Johns prior to the event.

Post 131 members focused their efforts at Bolton Cemetery in Columbiana and Spring Hill Cemetery on Alabama 25, between Columbiana and Calera.

In addition to placing flags at veterans’ graves, volunteers had the opportunity to see two new members inducted into the group.

For more information about Post 131 and how to join, contact Sam Horton at (205) 572-2115.

Thanks to the efforts of people like Horton and his fellow American Legion members, the service and sacrifice of our veterans continues to be recognized, even in the unprecedented times of COVID-19.