BRANFORD — The coronavirus pandemic, having already squashed this year’s Memorial Day Parade, Branford Festival and Independence Day fireworks display, made it a clean sweep as the town was forced to cancel its annual Veterans Day Parade.

While the town didn’t cancel its annual Sept. 11 observance, it pre-recorded it and was to air it repeatedly Friday on Branford Community TV, the BCTV Facebook page and the town Facebook page.

The Veterans Day Parade had been scheduled for Nov. 8, but won’t take place this year, the Veterans Day Committee said in a release.

“It’s unfortunate we have to cancel this year’s, but after discussing it with committee members and First Selectman James Cosgrove, we agreed that with the COVID precautions in place for group gatherings we would not have a parade this year,” said Veterans Day Parade Committee Chairman Bill O’Brien.

“Even though our November parade doesn’t bring as many people to the Green and along the parade route as Memorial Day, we have to be conscious of the groups that are marching like the veterans and the marching units, including the bands, scout groups and other participants,” O’Brien said in the release.

“We don’t want to endanger them as well,” he said.

While there won’t be a parade, there will be a brief service on the Green at 1 p.m. Nov. 8, which will include the national anthem, prayers and some comments regarding the holiday, O’Brien said.

The public will be allowed to attend but attendees will be required to wear face coverings and maintain proper social distancing, he said.

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