Remembering the reason for Memorial Day


Good afternoon,

The meaning of Memorial Day has been lost over the years as it became one of those Monday holidays that comes after that long period of no official three-day weekends.

Instead, this weekend is generally seen as the beginning of summer, a time to hit the beach or take a quick trip.

This year, things became more muddled with the coronavirus crisis leading to parades and other commemorations being canceled.

Wilmington has perhaps the longest continuously held parade.

Many will stay home and traffic will be lighter than a normal holiday weekend even with the usual beach rush. AAA isn’t even bothering with a travel forecast for the first time in a couple of decades.

Photos on social media on Saturday seem to suggest lighter crowds, although the weather is better than expected.

This weekend will also come with some controversy as Gov. Carney and state health officials opted against a full opening. Food and drink service limited to carryout and no leisure travelers will be able to stay at hotels.

The short-term rental (hotel, Airbnb) restrictions continue into June under the current plan. This has beach business owners anxious and angry.

The hope is for a quiet Delaware this weekend without the large gatherings that have led to the community spread of the virus.

At some point over the weekend, take a moment to remember those who paid the ultimate price in protecting our freedom. Let’s also remember those who returned from battle, went to work, raised their families, and are no longer around to remind us of the reason for this day.

A final note: This column did not make its way to the Friday newsletter, thanks to the editor not checking the right box. Considering the number of stories that broke on Friday afternoon, a rare Saturday newsletter seemed like a good idea.

Our newsletter will not be posted on Memorial Day. It returns on Tuesday. –Doug and Sharon Rainey

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