A true American Commemoration – Memorial Day. It was created to honor the men and women who have died while serving in the United States military. This year Memorial Day occurs on Monday, May 25.
It was first known as Decoration Day, originating after the Civil War. It became an official federal holiday in 1971.
In years past, we Americans have observed Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of summer. This year, I expect fewer cemetery visits, fewer gatherings of families and no parades or memorial services.
Between my home and my office is this cemetery. It’s quiet. It’s peaceful. Yet, it’s surrounded by the rest of the world; a world of uncertainty, of frustration and of fear. There are a lot of people unsure of their jobs, of their health and of their own financial security.
Perhaps, this year, at this moment, we should simply pause and reflect on how fortunate we all are, even during this time of adversity. There are those who have paid a much higher price than social distancing, having to wear a medical face mask, not being able to spend time with friends or family, watching the balance of their investment accounts retreat or dealing with the uncertainty of employment or the lack, thereof.
All these are difficult, but none have required the ultimate price. On Tuesday, we will get back to our worries and our concerns; but, for now, let’s remember the cost paid by our fallen soldiers so we may all observe a true American Commemoration - Memorial Day.
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