Honoring the Fallen this Memorial Day

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As we observe another Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2020, I take pause to think about how it will be profoundly different during this COVID-19 crisis that has so deeply touched our entire country. Cities and towns traditionally gather together to honor those who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. military with ceremonies and parades, but many of those celebrations will take new form with current physical distancing guidelines.

With the reopening of selected parks, outdoor and natural spaces, we’re bound to  have some potentially crowded conditions. I’m asking that if you feel the need to venture out, please practice physical distancing, avoid heavily traveled venues and stay close to home.

COVID-19 should not stop us from continuing our expressions of gratefulness about the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy and owe to the fallen heroes being honored and remembered this holiday weekend.

I personally want to say thank you to those men and women who paid the ultimate price. In remembering the fallen, let us also honor their loved ones: their  parents, their children, their brothers, sisters relatives and friends. All have made sacrifices so that we can live in freedom.