OUR VIEW: Remember reason for Memorial Day

Published 11:30 am Saturday, May 28, 2022

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Memorial Day is when we honor and remember the many individuals who have selflessly sacrificed their lives in service to the United States. Memorial Day weekend, which begins today, has long been the unofficial start of summer in the United States. It is typically a time of joy, relaxation and celebration.

Memorial Day is a solemn one. According to the defense casualty analysis system, 1,241,220 Americans lost their lives in war or military operations since World War I.

We should never let the memory of these individuals be forgotten.

Memorial Day weekend, however, long has been about barbecues and ballparks. Beaches and backyards. Pools and picnics. Family, friends and fun.

A couple of years ago, we were unable to gather at our homes with dozens of people, there were no trips to a local pool or going to Truist Park to watch a Braves game.

Last year, life was close to normal, but COVID was still more rampant that it is currently.

This year, however, things look a lot different. AAA is projecting huge travel numbers, as Americans drive and take to the sky to travel to destinations around the globe.

Whatever you and your family plans to do this Memorial Day weekend, don’t forget to take a moment on Monday and remember those that made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can participate in these types of activities.

No matter what you find yourself doing this weekend, do it safely.