Monday, May 25, 2020
Memorial Day 2020
Traditionally, Memorial Day (originally known as Decoration Day), originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, barbequing, and participating in or watching parades. At least that has been the way it was celebrated. Not this year, at least for those who follow the recommended guidelines for social distancing, masks when outside, and limiting trips to essential travel. I, for one, remember the sacrifices made in many wars. This year, I honor and give thanks for the "front-line workers" that are doing the best they can with the knowledge and treatment modalities that are available regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, to save lives. John Donne. You likely know that name. He wrote that no one is as island but that each is connected, part of the continent (paraphrased). More than ever before, many are realizing the truth of that statement. Be safe. Be well. Be grateful.