May 22, 2020 – Notes from the Journey

The annual observance of Memorial Day is Monday May 25. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.

Over the last several decades the celebration of Memorial Day has been more family and friends feasting and participating in outside activities: games, swimming, boating, and such than large community celebrations (rallies, parades, etc.). Given the disruptions of normal routines in reaction to the COVID I expect Memorial Day celebrations to be impacted.

Honoring those who gave their lives in military service for our country is the reason for the holiday and a basic observance is placing flowers on veteran’s graves and honoring their memory.

May we celebrate Memorial Day safely observing wise health guidance remembering with gratitude those who gave the ultimate in service to our nation’s call. There can be in disagreement about the reasons for war, opposing political ideologies, in defense of our nation but there can be no argument about the graceful sacrifice of our fellow citizens. They blessed us by their blood.

Memorial Day May 25, 2020: ‘Lest We Forget’

Love, Doak