MEMORIAL DAY 2020, Changed But Not Forgotten
MEMORIAL DAY 2020, Changed But Not Forgotten
Mark Overstreet, Vietnam Veteran
The COVID-19 has changed how we interact with each other. In normal times most people would give little thought to the meaning of Memorial Day. For most people, it’s an occasion for a three day weekend. Which doesn’t mean much this year. Some dedicated souls, would venture out
Pictured; Mark Overstreet, Julio Torres from Councilman Huizar’s Office, and Eddie Santillan past Honorary Mayor of El Sereno, put up new flags at the Veteran’s Memorial to honor our country’s Fallen Heroes.
to the annual parade or Memorial Day event. Then there are those who contemplate with their heart and soul, the true meaning of Memorial Day. In an effort to keep ourselves safe from the COVID-19 we now practice social distancing on a societal level. Traditional Memorial Day parades and events are being cancelled this year, but that doesn’t mean that Memorial Day and the memory of the men and women who gave their all for this country is forgotten. There are innovative people and groups who are creating ways to pay tribute to our fallen heroes. In these uncertain times when a lot of what we have done routinely is no longer an option we need to continue with our traditions. American legion Past National Vice Commander and Post 106 member Russ Hanseter wrote. “I am sure that we are not the only American Legion post that has struggled with how we would honor our war dead on the upcoming Memorial Day.” Memorial Day events will look different this year because of the stay-at-home orders. Even though there will not be any Memorial Day parades or large events, U.S. flags will still be placed on veterans graves in local cemeteries by many of American Legion Posts, by Scouts and by family members. American Legion Post 184 is hosting a drive by parade in lieu of their traditional parade. Police and fire departments will drive through town, and people can register online for the parade to drive by their house. Another Legion Post has an online page that has educational coloring pages and worksheets for children about Memorial Day. Others have essay contests such as “What Patriotism Means To Me.” One town is holding a house decorating contest. The LAPD’s Hollenbeck Community Police Station’s Officers will have drive-by for teachers and students at a local School for Memorial Day. The town of Cherry Hill is hosting a virtual Memorial Day ceremony by having the council and mayor record messages that will be broadcasted through social media. PBS will have a “Memorial Day Concert” on Memorial Day and there will be a 45 minute program that can be streamed titled, “Parade of Heroes” to be broadcast on May 25th at 8:00am. The Museum of the American Revolution will begin a virtual tribute at 12:00a.m. on Saturday. The Battleship New Jersey will hold ceremonies on Facebook Live. The COVID 19 has changed how we interact with each other. We can still honor our fallen heroes and keep their memories alive. The way that we do it will be altered, much of it will be done through social media. We need to continue to honor them, not just on Memorial Day, but every day. We need to remember them so that we can truly appreciate the incredible treasures that we have, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
California Could Reverse Reopening Economy If Coronavirus Cases Surge
California could shut down part of its economy again if the state loses control of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday.
Newsom warned that troubling signs have developed since the state began gradually allowing businesses to reopen last month, including a sharp increase during the past two weeks in the number of people hospitalized with coronavirus-related problems and those needing intensive care. Although he said some increase was expected as public life resumed and that hospitals are able to handle the patient load so far, basic steps such as practicing social distancing and complying with a statewide order to wear face masks in public are crucial to keeping the pandemic in check. “It’s your individual decision that will determine our fate
and future … to mitigate the likelihood and need that we
ever have to toggle back on these stay-at-home orders,”
Newsom said at a news conference.
He added, “We don’t intend to do that. We don’t want to
do that. But I want to make this clear: We are prepared to
do that, if we must.”
Newsom spoke after California hit a grim milestone —
3,702 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19
on Sunday, surpassing the single-day high set just the day before, according to state data reviewed by The Lincoln Star. And on Monday, the state set a new record for the most new cases in a day, exceeding 6,000 with some counties yet to report by Monday evening. The previous record was 4,515. The governor noted hospitalizations have increased 16% over the last two weeks, adding, “We’re not out of the first wave.” However, he said, the state’s hospital bed capacity is “fairly stable.” Newsom said 54 of the state’s 58 counties have met state criteria to reopen such businesses as sit-down restaurants, hair salons and gyms. But he said the state is monitoring concerning trends in 11 counties, including Stanislaus County on the edge of the Bay Area.
Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and
Human Services Agency, said the counties in question have all reported trends that include increasing virus transmission rates and patient hospitalizations, and limited hospital capacity. He warned that the state could have a “radical and steep increase” in cases if Californians don’t adopt measures such as wearing masks when they cannot maintain safe physical distancing outside their homes. In some of those 11 counties, Ghaly said, there is more community spread that cannot be explained by outbreaks in such hot spots as nursing homes and prisons. “Those increased cases are not just because of increased testing,” he said.