Next Monday is Memorial Day in America.
The federal holiday honors and mourns military personnel who died while
serving in the United States Armed Forces.
The holiday, which is always observed on
the last Monday in May, falls a little early in 2020, but that is good
because this year it feels like we have all been fighting a war.
We should pause and say prayers for our
soldiers, as the country has done since 1870.
But this year, let’s include everyone
who has fought and been lost in the battle against COVID-19.
Memorial Day is also the official beginning
of the summer season.
The time when state parks and beaches open,
and the kids are finishing up the school year for summer.
Out in the backyard the BBQ is dusted off
and the stores shed racks of ribs, hot dogs, chips and pretzels as those
traditional summer foods go centerstage. The
portable radio is set and tuned for the baseball game, and ice buckets
are loaded with beer and placed within arm’s reach.
But alas, in a world turned upside down,
kids are already home and while the backyard can still function, in most
towns big and small the parade—usually the centerpiece of this seasonal
celebration—looks like a goner.
Earlier this year in New York City, officials
cancelled the St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 17) for the first time in
more that 250 years.
Unfortunately, things haven’t opened
up much since then, so there are no parades for Memorial Day in New York
or many other places.
But here we offer a parade that you can
link up to your flat screen TV.
The music just at the conclusion of the
movie The Music Man starring Robert Preston includes one of the
more rousing parades that you are ever likely to see.
So, stick with this presentation; it starts
off slow, befitting the general mood today in our COVID-19 world.
Here are some musicians who seem to be having
trouble getting into tune, just like many of us right now.
But then all of a sudden, the movie suspends
disbelief, picks up its game, and gets into a parade that dreams are made
I like that just as the music ends here,
so does the film finale!
Makes you want to quash the quarantine and
Happy Memorial Day 2020!