Memorial Day weekend usually signifies a number of different things to different people. The kickoff of the summer season. The reopening of pools. A three day weekend. Cookouts and barbecues with family and friends. This year, though, is different.
Like every other day for the past few months, this weekend has been tinged by the long shadow cast by COVID-19. Lives have been lost. Pools remain closed. Gatherings have been downsized or cancelled altogether. The global economy remains uncertainty. Masks have become the must have summer accessory. This Memorial Day weekend is different, and maybe, that’s a good thing.
Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor and remember all those who died while serving our country. It is meant to pay tribute to the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. Their lives ended, so that our lives could continue in peace, prosperity, and freedom. The true meaning of Memorial Day has gotten lost in the shuffle along the way. Perhaps, this year, though, as we pause our lives in deference to COVID-19, we also can pause in remembrance of the soldiers who died serving and protecting us.
One day is not enough to honor these heroes, and there are not enough words or actions to convey our gratitude for their courage and valor. May we commit ourselves to living exemplary lives that serve our country and all those who inhabit it, as a living tribute to the fallen whom we mourn today and every day.
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