By Ralphine Major

Even with the gradual reopening of churches, stores, and businesses, this Memorial Day will most likely be celebrated in different ways than before. Flags waving, families gathering, bands playing! What great memories!

Thanks to COVID-19, masks are still required or recommended in most public places today. Social distancing guidelines, likewise, are still in place. Six-foot markers are everywhere! They are the latest reminders to leave space between us. Most parades and large celebrations remain canceled for the current calendar year. Churches are opening in phases with limited services and seating. Administrators for schools, colleges, and universities are carefully evaluating their procedures for re-opening.

Memorial Day is the holiday set aside to honor America’s fallen heroes. Even with restricted gatherings, we can honor those for whom this solemn occasion is intended. Remember their courage. Remember their loyalty. Remember their sacrifice. If you know of a veteran or a member of the military still serving our country, remember to thank them for their service. It is because of them and those fallen heroes that we can celebrate another Memorial Day and enjoy the freedoms of our great nation every day! Be safe and be blessed this Memorial Day!

Words of Faith: Psalm 91:3-4 “Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” (KJV).