On Memorial Day, May 25th, 2020 we traditionally remember those who served in the
Armed Services and those who gave everything for the freedoms, we enjoy. Some
history accounts attribute the origin of the Memorial Day celebration as starting
with former slaves on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, SC when they honored 257 dead
Union Soldiers. These Union soldiers were buried in a mass grave in a Confederate
prison camp and accordingly, the former slaves dug up the bodies and worked to give
them a proper burial as gratitude to the soldiers for fighting for their freedom.
It is worthy that we celebrate today and remember the service men and women who
died serving this country and we must not forget to remember those serving us today on
the front-line fighting COVID-19.
As we enjoy the day and this long weekend, remember to pause and give an extra
thank you for those who are making sacrifices to keep us safe; such as, our police
officers, fire fighters, nurses, doctors and all 1st responders. Given these uncertain
times caused by the pandemic, let us honor sheroes and heroes from the past and the
One method of honoring others is to follow recommendations outlined by the CDC and
medical professionals so we can reduce the health risks this pandemic has caused.
Think of others when you go out and wear your mask while practicing social distancing,
Yes, we can! get through this together.
Be Safe and God Bless You,
Karen Hardin, Branch President