Today’s Memorial Day has a very different mood as we celebrate without the traditions that usually make the holiday special.
There are no large ceremonies taking place at military cemeteries. No baseball games to attend as mass gatherings remain banned. No NBA playoff games to watch on TV. And very limited opportunities for extended family gatherings and/or excursions.
Originally called Decoration Day, the holiday was created as a somber day of mourning and reverence. But over the years it has become more about camping, the lake and backyard barbecues than honoring those men and women who paid the ultimate price.
But the lack of available distractions this year make it possible to honor the holiday for its intended purpose. Today, the Journal honors those 666,441 Americans who answered the call of duty and gave their lives for their nation.