01 Jun Memorial Day 2021 – Celebration, Public Events, Post COVID-19
With no mask mandates and half the population vaccinated, Americans gathered to remember the fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.
While asking people to remember the courage, sacrifice and humanity of the fallen heroes, US President Joe Biden attended a memorial service in Delaware on Sunday. He also remembered his late son, Beau Biden, who served in the Iraq War and later died of cancer on May 30, 2015.
On Monday, Biden addressed the nation with a Memorial Day speech at Arlington Cemetery and stated, “We are free because they were brave.”
As a sense of normalcy returned, many states like Washington organized memorials to remember the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam War and Korean War. People decorated these memorial sites and left flowers to remember their friends and family members who sacrificed their lives in the name of democracy.
On Sunday, during the American Vets’ “Rolling to Remember” event, motorcyclists rolled into the streets to remember POW and Veterans who committed suicide.
The largest Memorial Day parade, The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, also organized a virtual wreath-laying service via Zoom.
In Boston, people placed more than 37,000 flags to remember the Massachusetts soldiers of the Revolutionary War. Almost all annual traditions that were scaled back in 2020 due to the pandemic returned in full swing.
Craig DeOld, a retired captain in the Army Reserve, said, “This Memorial Day almost has a different, better feeling to it.” He also stated that we have overcome another struggle, i.e., the pandemic, just in time to return to what this holiday is all about- remembering the soldiers who lost their lives on the battlefield.
However, in Baltimore and Chicago, the image of Memorial Day was not as memorable as other states. According to the local reports, the Baltimore Police Department counted 15 shooting victims, while in Chicago, the number of victims was 28 over the weekend.
SOURCE- Fox News