BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Several Memorial Day events throughout the region were adjusted to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
On Monday, The Whitehall Guard Fife and Drum Corps performed for residents and staff at several retirement and nursing home facilities.
Outside ManorCare in Bethlehem, the group performed several patriotic tunes while dressed in colonial costumes.
"Usually on Memorial Day we do parades, but there hasn't really been gatherings or parades because of the coronavirus," said Connor Purcell.
Some staff members wearing masks ventured into the parking lot to watch, while other staff members and residents stayed in their rooms and watched from a window. At one point, some of the audience banged on windows to show their appreciation for the show.
"We're just trying to spread some cheer through music to people who are feeling especially isolated in these times," said Corey Purcell.
In Mount Bethel, the community hosted a motionless parade.
Fire trucks, police officers, and others that would typically drive by parade guests lined the township building parking lot while members of the community drove by.
The event was put on by the board of supervisors, and food was provided thanks to business and community donors.
People drove by wearing Americana attire, waved flags, and one little boy even sent bubbles into the air. Every time a car with a veteran inside came through there was a special celebration. The fire department blared horns from its trucks and members of the state police, VFW, and American Legion saluted the veteran. Each veteran was also handed an American Flag.
"It makes me very proud to be a veteran, and that our country recognizes our service," said Thomas Reimer, veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
"It means a lot, I'm glad they had it," said Robert Hoffman, an Army veteran.