The City of Woodstock will be holding its annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, but the event will be held virtually due the COVID-19 pandemic and related social distancing guidelines.

As a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic and with social distancing measures still in place, the city of Woodstock has modified its plans for the city’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Instead of a live, in-person ceremony taking place at The Park at City Center, as it has in the past, the city will participate in a virtual ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday on its YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Opening the ceremony with the singing of the national anthem will be 2019 Miss Georgia Victoria Hill, while Cub Scout Pack 625 will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Donnie Henriques will share a welcome statement and read his Memorial Day 2020 proclamation, along with various ceremonies and readings from American Legion Post 316 and Marine Corps League Woodstock Detachment No. 1311. Prayers will be offered by pastors of Momentum Church, before the ceremony concludes with the placing of the wreath at the city memorial and the releasing of the doves.

The city of Woodstock Virtual 2020 Memorial Day ceremony will air at 10 a.m. Monday at facebook.com/woodstockgagov and wdstk.ga/youtube. The public may watch the ceremony online as it premiers, or later at their convenience.

While the coronavirus pandemic may cut down on many traditional holiday weekend activities this year, boaters are still using Allatoona Lake and area rivers, Tim Cavender, spokesman for Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services said.

The department, which deploys its water rescue units when needed, is encouraging people taking to local waters over the long holiday weekend to follow safety guidelines, including using life vests, not swimming alone, keeping an eye on children at swimming areas and staying sober.

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