UPDATE: Memorial Day parades in Marietta cancelled

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MARIETTA, Ohio. (WTAP) - The American Legion Post 64 of Marietta has decided to withdraw from sponsoring Marietta's Memorial Day parade.

They will instead hold a ceremony for the fallen military personnel.

They say the social distancing guidelines makes it impossible to responsibly hold the parade.

The Legion will host a Memorial Day program that will air on WMOA 1490 AM.

On the West Side of Marietta, the VFW will not hold their annual Memorial Day parade either.

Members from the American Legion, AMVETS, DAV, Military Order of the Purple Hearts, VFW, and the Washington County Veterans Service Commission will hold a wreath laying ceremony at Gold Star Park.

They ask that anyone who would like to visit the memorial practices social distancing in an effort to stay safe.