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By Freddie Camozzi

According to Google (the new Millenia’s “encyclopedia“), we observe Memorial Day in the United States the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, this holiday commemorates all the men and women who have died in military service for the United States. Additionally, it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season – i.e., as of Tuesday, May 26th, you can break out your white pants!

Pause to Be Grateful

Earlier this week when I was contemplating writing for this Monday blog piece, I was thinking about Memorial Day and found myself confusing it with Veteran’s Day. As Google states, Memorial Day is in observance of those who have died in military service. Veteran’s Day is an observance of all those who have served; both holidays, however, provide us pause to be grateful.

On speaking of gratitude, I can’t stop thinking of the first responders, the nurses, the doctors, the respiratory therapists, the administrators, the cashiers at all the grocery stores – everyone who is essential in caring for all of us during this pandemic.

Memorial Day Reflections

Wow! Yes, there is a heartfelt practice of folks in neighborhoods around the globe who take a few minutes each night to howl, sing, and bang pans out their windows to show appreciation for these angels of mercy. On Monday, I’m going to use the observance of this Memorial Day to meditate on my gratitude for all those on the front lines of this viral menace.

I will pause and reflect about all those who have been hospitalized and/or lost as a result of COVID-19. I will think about all the people whose journeys are helping researchers develop new treatments. And, last but not least, for all of us who continue to respect the social distancing, the mask wearing, the hand washing, the staying safe. This is truly a Memorial Day to remember.

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