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COVID-19: Pre-Memorial Day Thoughts

Posted by Thomas Edwards on May 19, 2020 7:10 AM EDT
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As we near a favorite Federal holiday for many people, and continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important....

...to remember not only our military heroes of today and yesterday, but those who have been fighting on the front lines of "the war against COVID-19".  Our many dedicated, courageous and healthcare heroes, paid and volunteers, who sacrifice and who have sacrificed already to demonstrate the CARE.

For those of us who hold Memorial Day dear, there are often different reasons for it being so special.  For some people, it is the importance of remembering the sacrifices of so many people who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for gaining and maintaining the precious liberties and freedoms of the America-the United States-the home of the brave and the land of the free.

Other people enjoy it as a great time to enjoy the great outdoors, with family and friends, cookouts, special gatherings and events and the beginning of summer.  Sometimes the weather can be unpredictable and can cast a bit of a damper on our plans.  Yet, the spirit of the Memorial Day weekend lives on in most Americans.

To America's true heroes, our military professionals both past and present, we cheer and thank them.  And we pray for continued peace, in our country and across the globe.

This year we have new reasons to celebrate America's heroes.  We pray for their safety and for those of our friends, neighbors and citizens across the global community.  We think about the very recent past, the sacrifices being made and the fears we have for the present and the future-all impacted by a horrific and unseeable, unsmellable, unhearable and unrelenting enemy-COVID-19.  We wish for a solution and we become desperate and in some ways, rebel against the guidelines imposed upon us as a key part of defeating this enemy and reducing the pandemic to pages of history.  We protest the loss of basic freedoms, of opportunities to gather with friends and loved ones, to enjoy live entertainment-sports, opera, theater and the graduations of our many students, young and old.

While there are no certainties and guarantees for the near term, or the distant future for that matter.  There is one certainty that stands amidst the chaos and has been a part of every memory of sacrifices made for the better good of our fellow Americans, and in the context of COVID-19, our fellow citizens of the world.  Four words that stand at the heart of social and economic progress, recovery, redemption and overcoming despair.  And yes, winning.

Faith, Hope, Care and Love...

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