Dennis Golas: What Memorial Day means this year

  • Visitors look at the names at the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, Monday, May 25, 2015, during Annual Memorial Day Observance ceremony. AP file photo

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Let’s please take a moment and remember why Memorial Day was created. It was to honor those who protected and fought for our country both domestically and internationally and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Over the years its become more of a holiday to kick off the summer season throughout the country, opening the beaches, the parks, and many other joyful startups.

As we look ahead at this Memorial Day and reflect on the past days, weeks, and months of the quarantine period, we have seen heroes in many people doing what’s needed on every level of the medical and states governments, our local municipalities, and everyone involved in the daily necessities of providing services and help to those in need.

States are starting to reopen parts of their economy, as they consider the best ways to start over again safely, during a year that will forever be remembered as the year of the COVID-19 virus and the sudden shut down of our lives, businesses, schools, of hanging out with our family, friends from around the country, and sadly, of the loss of loved ones.

This year we have two focuses on this Memorial Day, one honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Secondly, all of us doing the right things to stay safe and healthy, to protect our families, friends and co-workers.

We will share future holidays and events together again, with families and friends when it is safe to do so. Until then, let’s be smart and keep the social distancing part of our daily routine. Enjoy this Memorial Day with your family by having a barbecue, playing lawn games, planting a garden, playing music, taking a walk, a jog, a bike ride, go fishing, walking a trail, opening up your pool, FaceTime with friends and family, or just relax with a great movie at home.

Stay safe and enjoy the holiday.

Dennis Golas

South Hadley