From TGB reader Henry Lowenstern on the unofficial beginning of summer:
Tomorrow, as we've done before,
we'll commemorate those we lost in war.
This year, we'll also pause to grieve
for those who have taken leave
after succumbing to a virus that
we don't yet know how to combat.
As we celebrate Memorial Day.
Over the weekend, there were none of the usual previews leading up to Memorial Day parades that have taken place in towns large and small throughout the United States since just after the Civil War.
That's because they were canceled - even the national parade on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. Blame the virus.
In place of all those marching bands (I love marching bands), the American Veterans Center is producing a television program:
”The National Memorial Day Parade: America Stands Tall is an original television special featuring the story of our shared history through newly-produced celebrity engagements and narrative pieces, along with memorable moments from the National Memorial Day Parade including historical reenactors and active duty military personnel, musical performances and celebrity greetings.”
It will be broadcast nationwide on the affiliate stations of ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox at 2PM EDT.
Just in time for the holiday, the president managed to coerce all 50 governors to open their states to one degree or another – restaurants, bars, nail parlors, hair salons, national parks, beaches, etc. - even as virus statistics continue to climb.
What will this open holiday do to the number of virus deaths? I wonder if the country – or perhaps the entire world – will need a new holiday to commemorate the people we have lost and are still losing to the COVID-19 pandemic when it is finally over.
Here is a Memorial Day tribute to the fallen men and women who gave their lives to protect the United States.