This year's Memorial Day Parade in Orange was canceled due to the weather, but the community still had a day of reflection and remembrance.
"If it weren’t for them, who knows what it would’ve been like for me in this country, if it weren’t for those who gave up their lives," said Avery French, of Orange.
Due to the weather, this would become the second year in a row that the annual Orange Memorial Day Parade wouldn't be able to wind its way down the street. This year it was canceled because of the rain and last year it was canceled because of COVID-19.
"Everyone was very excited that we were going forward with the parade after the pandemic. Everyone has been cooped up inside for so long so it’s very disappointing that we are canceling," said Chair of Orange Memorial Day Parade Kellie Martino.
But the town wouldn't stop there as they moved the ceremony indoors, paying tribute to fallen soldiers and also those who are still with us today.
"It’s a tremendous and humbling experience, no question about it," said Kevin Allellock, a veteran.
Allellock served in the U.S. Navy from 1971-1974 and was one of several veterans who were honored today for their service.
On this holiday weekend, he wants people to remember this:
"Before you sign for that car or come out of the mall or go on a picnic, remember the reason for the day," Allellock said.
"It’s so important to honor the veterans and the ones that were lost," added Kristine Monaco, of Orange.
Monaco comes from a family of veterans and said that the rain wouldn't stop her from paying respects.
"I got a little teary-eyed thinking about my mother‘s father, he was a pilot in World War II and my father having served and just losing my uncle this week who served in the Marines - it meant a lot to me just thinking about how they dedicated their lives to the country to make sure we have our freedoms," Monaco said.
"We need to make sure we give our support. So many lives were lost. So many veterans here that need to know how love they are and that we appreciate them," she added.