Thursday, December 8, 2022

Some Yorktown Day events are cancelled as a safety precaution

The Yorktown Victory Monument. (WYDaily file)

Some events associated with Yorktown Day are the latest to be cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Yorktown Day is commemorated on Oct. 19 each year, and marks the anniversary of the 1781 Siege of Yorktown in the American Revolution. The battle was the last large-scale military engagement of the war and is commonly seen as a watershed moment in the American fight for independence.

The celebration will be scaled-down this year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact public events. According to a news release from York County, the following Yorktown Day events have been cancelled:

  • The Yorktown Day Dinner
  • Reception luncheon
  • The Yorktown Day Parade

The Yorktown Day Patriotic Wreath Laying Ceremony at the monument will be happen with very few people in attendance, as will the French Wreath Laying Ceremonies at the cemetery and memorial.

The details of the program have not yet been determined.

The Yorktown Day Association last week voted to cancel those events, in accordance with guidance from Gov. Ralph Northam and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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