Memorial Day 2020 will look and feel different

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Memorial Day will take on a completely different atmosphere and look in 2020. The coronavirus has impacted everything in our lives, including how and when we get together. For some families effected by COVID-19 it determines who they will be able to spend time with on this day.

For many who observe the day by paying tribute and remember those that gave their Last Full Measure of Devotion in defense of our nation, they will have to adapt and change as memorial services at the national cemeteries around the country have cancelled their Memorial Day services, but the Department of Veterans Affairs is making it possible to view live streams of ceremonies from across the U.S. Click here to find one near you.

There will be access to most of the 140-plus national cemeteries across the United States, but some of their facilities, like visitor centers and chapels, could be closed. That might include restrooms as well. Large gatherings will be discouraged, so plan accordingly.

Many people see this as a day to get out and enjoy the colloquial first day of summer, with barbeques in the parks, volleyball and fun in the sun at the beaches and a day at the zoos or theme parks. Most of that will be curtailed. California is still enforcing social (physical) distancing at the parks and beaches, although family gatherings can be spotted everywhere.

We encourage everyone to continue observing the social distancing rules and wearing masks or face coverings when out in public. Honor the men and women who have given their lives in service to this nation, but do so responsibly.

Currently there are 1.68 million reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. and 98,578 deaths. Today can be a day of remembrance and celebration, without causing a spike in the numbers.

Enjoy Memorial Day.

Top photo by Tim Forkes