MEMORIAL DAY IS MUCH MORE THAN THE UNOFFICIAL START OF SUMMER

Monday’s Memorial Day in Worcester County capped a weekend that definitely felt

Veteran's Parade
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like summer was close at hand. Actual summer may not arrive in Central MA until the summer solstice on June 20, but especially in years like this one, when Monday’s holiday is also just two days removed from the start of hurricane season, it’s clearly time to check whether there are any charcoal briquettes left over from last year.

The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts on June 1 because, logically, that’s about when the storms out there in the mid-Atlantic begin to get serious. Technically, between June 1 and November 30, 97% of Atlantic tropical cyclone activity occurs, so June 1 has every reason to lay claim to honor of being the starting block. Besides, as one meteorologist admitted, June 1 is easy to remember. At any rate, this Wednesday is it.

Of course, Memorial Day Weekend means a lot more than being the point on our calendar that marks the start of summertime activities. The meaning of the holiday is in its name, with its root “memory.” Our area families with members currently serving in the armed forces don’t need to be reminded of the sacrifices that have kept Americans free since the founding of the Nation. That’s a part of everyday life for them. An often difficult (but always proud) part.

For the rest of us, there is usually at least one moment sometime during the holiday when some accompanying happening gives pause for the real meaning behind the day.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington DC, USA
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It might be a momentary sight on a TV of a reporter standing in a cemetery, covered in crosses and American flags; or it might be an encounter outside the grocery store with an old vet seated at a folding table, seeking contributions for a warrior’s fund. That’s when we experience something that’s not part of our everyday. It might feel like a quiet moment that’s somehow oddly moving at the same time. It might be no more than a feeling; or it may be a flood of emotion, but that’s the moment when we realize once again how much each and every one of us truly owes to those who gave everything for our freedom.

It’s a valuable thing, Memorial Day……Realty Ace, LLC

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