By Ralphine Major

It is human nature when a holiday comes around to look back on how it was celebrated the year before.  Nearly all of last year’s holidays were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  This year, restrictions are being lifted in many places.  Masks may no longer be required in some areas, and in-person gatherings are becoming more frequent.  What we once knew as “normal” is beginning to appear again.

Unbelievably, the first patriotic holiday of summer is here.  Just before I began writing this piece, I saw a truck drive by with the American flag attached to the tailgate waving in the breeze.  For weeks, the truck has been seen going up the road with Old Glory flying proudly!

The weekend holiday will bring with it lots of American flags, patriotic songs, parades, and church services paying tribute to the men and women who have served in the branches of the military.  Memorial Day is America’s national holiday to honor the heroes who have given their lives in the service of our country.  Sadly, the pandemic has taken a toll on many veterans of our great nation as they have lost their lives this past year to COVID or other illnesses.  How ever you and your family choose to celebrate this special day, remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect Americans and say a prayer for those who are serving today.  Have a blessed, safe, and Happy Memorial Day!  God bless America!


Words of Faith from a favorite verse in the Book of Psalms: “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.”  Psalm 29:11 (KJV).