Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we, as a nation of free people, pay homage to those who have died fighting for the United States of America.

We have said this many times before on our editorial pages over the years, but it takes something special to sign one’s life away to the armed forces of the United States and to spill one’s blood and to make the ultimate sacrifice in faraway places.

Many of us cannot imagine the terror and the pain of such a loss thousands of families have faced with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We salute the bravery of those who served and who have died. We regret the loss of American lives in foreign lands.

We often ask ourselves, why do we put our soldiers, sailors, and flyers in harm’s way for others?

What does it get us?

In the Civil War, the Union was saved, and slavery wiped out. In World War 1, our intervention helped to conquer the Germans.

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May 29 to be a great moment

Governor Baker’s announcement that Memorial Day weekend will be marked by the state ending nearly all COVID-19 restrictions on May 29 does not come a minute too soon.

Lt. Governor Nancy Polito thanked the people of Massachusetts.

“This would not have happened without all of you working so hard along this course and along this journey. Indeed.

The populations of the nation and Massachusetts have been yearning for this day for quite some time.

The state of emergency that has been in place since March 10, 202 will be lifted on June 15, Governor Baker announced Monday morning.

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Memorial Day ceremony special

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American flags fly in the breeze at Woodlawn Cemetery commemorating Memorial Day. (Photos by Jim Mahoney)

“Under the circumstances, it was awesome.” – Councilor Wayne Matewsky


Memorial Day in the age of Coronavirus was bit different this year.

Large crowds planting flags and listening to orations did not occur over the weekend.

What happened here Monday, however, showed the resiliency of the local community in its yearly affirmation of honoring those who gave their lives in the service of this nation.

“The respect that was shown under such dire conditions was amazing,” said Councilor Wayne Matewsky, who attended the event at Woodlawn Cemetery.

“So much respect was shown. I cannot recall a more fitting Memorial Day tribute than what was put on by the city at Woodlawn Cemetery. It was unreal,” he added.

A procession of 75 automobiles led by Everett Police began at Everett High School and wound its way to the cemetery.

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