Memorial Day Plans Hit Hard By COVID

Memorial Day Plans Hit Hard By COVID

( – Memorial Day this year is going to be very different from normal. Many of our traditions have been swept aside by the Wuhan coronavirus, as we’re forced to shelter in place. Picnics and parades look very different in a time of social distancing.

Factories that usually make American flags have been repurposed to making protective masks. Boy Scouts have been banned from placing flags on the graves of our fallen warriors – although soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Regiment – the Old Guard – have taken up that duty at Arlington.

While the focus will be on our war dead this weekend, many are also thinking of the Americans who have died during the ongoing pandemic. As an extra mark of respect this year, President Trump has ordered that all US flags on government buildings be flown at half-mast from dawn on Saturday until sunset on Sunday in honor of the victims of the coronavirus pandemic. They will again be at half-mast on Memorial Day itself to honor our soldiers killed in battle.

The coronavirus pandemic is a tough trial for the US, but on Memorial Day, we should remember that those we honor today faced a tougher trial, and gave their lives for their country.

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