Earlier this year, American Veterans Heritage Center announced the cancellation of the Patriot Freedom Festival which was scheduled May 23-24, (now scheduled for May 29-30, 2021)
At that time, we were already planning the Patriot Salute 2020 for September 12-13, and felt that we would be safe to proceed.
As of this week, the Committee has determined that it is necessary to also cancel the Patriot Salute 2020 and plan for Patriot Salute Sept. 11-12, 2021.
Our main concern is the health and safety of our Veteran-Patients on-campus. Additionally, the participants and community visitors could be endangered.
– The uncertainty of how the pandemic will impact our community by September, and the possibility of the VA’s being closed down to visitors once again
– Absence of Sponsorships from local businesses which have financially struggled and are now unable to support the event
– Hesitation from Vendors, entertainers, bands, and Car Clubs to participate
– Requirements to provide sanitation stations, hourly cleaning of tables/chairs and areas where people would gather, and lack of volunteers to be responsible for these tasks
This was a very difficult and disappointing decision, but the health and safety of the Patients, VA Staff, volunteers, vendors and visitors is paramount.
Thank you for your understanding.