Each year, Memorial Day marks an opportunity to honor the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. Military. This year, amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the national holiday will undoubtedly be different.
While you may not be attending a parade or celebrating with family and friends, there are still many ways that we can pay tribute to our country’s fallen heroes. I encourage you to don your patriotic gear, fly your American flag at half-staff, take a moment to reflect on the freedoms and liberties you enjoy and give thanks to those who sacrificed their lives to protect them. Share your gratitude via social media, helping others to remember why we should all continue to be grateful for our great nation.
The National Moment of Remembrance is also scheduled for 3 p.m. local time each Memorial Day and presents a chance for all Americans to commemorate the fallen by pausing for a minute to remember those who so humbly gave their lives for the betterment of our country.
During these trying times, do your best to remind yourself that you are not stuck at home, you are safe at home.
To learn how you can pay tribute not only on Memorial Day, but throughout each year, contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post.
Michael J. Kuznik, State Commander
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of California