Memorial Day 2020

May 23, 2020

Even on this Memorial Day when the COVID-19 response changes our lives and our rituals, we will continue to honor this observance.

Even on this Memorial Day when the COVID-19 response changes our lives and our rituals, we will continue to honor this observance.

Because of our veterans, we can look into the eyes of the young people in our lives this Memorial Day, the faces of the future, and have faith that they, too, will be instilled with the spirit to keep America strong, to keep believing that the American way is a good, decent, worthwhile way.

We will always remember.  We will always be proud.  We will always be prepared, so we may always be free.
~ President Ronald Reagan, remarks on the 40th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1984
 
My very best wishes to all of you for a safe, enjoyable and, above all, meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

Even on this Memorial Day when the COVID-19 response changes our lives and our rituals, we will continue to honor this observance.  Public health as priority number one restricts large public gatherings and requires ongoing social distancing and other safety practices, yet it cannot deter our ability, in our own ways and in our individual lives, to remember and pay tribute.

Four years ago, Father Lewis Brown, a former pastor at All Saints Parish in Corning who devoted 22 years of active duty as a United States Navy Chaplain, delivered an inspiring and well-received "Prayer for the Military" to open the New York State Senate's daily legislative session on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.  It was a timely Invocation in advance of Memorial Day and I am proud, every year at this time, to share it again.  You can view Father Brown's prayer (and read more about his own service) HERE.