Observing Memorial Day

We observe Memorial Day each year to honor those who have lost their lives in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces. Most Americans observe by attending cookouts, parades, and other events to honor relatives and all who gave their lives in service to our country, but this year is markedly different from years past.

The Major Family (before Safer-At-Home)

All those public events have been canceled, along with most of the home get-togethers that we all associate with this day. It is a stark reminder that our summer—and the rest of our year—is not going to be business as usual.

California has done a good job so far of keeping COVID-19 numbers down compared to other states, but there are real fears that the warmer months combined with people being tired of isolation will impact that, and that more surges and restrictions could be coming. Many people have lost their jobs and small businesses have begun closing. It is not the time for a victory lap or a huge party to undo all of the hard work and sacrifices people have made to keep us safe.

My hope is that all of you are finding healthy ways to cope and staying safe. Whether you’re doing your own household barbecue, ordering curbside from a small business, or on your own just having some relaxation time, I hope that you are practicing safe physical distancing and remembering the great things about our country for which so many fought and died. And to all the essential workers who are keeping things going for us every day, please know that we appreciate you and all that you risk every day while ensuring that people have food to eat and other essential items during these difficult times.

From my family to yours.

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