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Author: TriSec    Date: 06/01/2021 10:51:47

Good Morning.

A somewhat "soft" Ask a Vet today...

Much of America returned to so-called "normal" this past weekend. Here in this Commonwealth, many of the mask restrictions were eased or eliminated, and all businesses were allowed to return to full capacity with no restrictions.

Sports things like Fenway Park and Boston Garden were full once again, and all the ancillary businesses were undoubtedly very happy to see those crowds. People were out and about, and some family gatherings were able to happen for the first time in more than a year.

We had a small gathering here at the TriSec compound, and despite the pouring rain on Sunday I still lit the grill and flash-cooked some traditional fare. I even noticed over the weekend that my local YMCA has extended their hours (not quite back to a full schedule) and have even lifted restrictions in the pool - if I even remember how to swim, that is.

It also meant that some longstanding traditional Memorial Day events could be held in and around this city.


BOSTON (AP) — A pair of military vets navigate the hilly, meandering paths in a historic cemetery in Boston, searching out soldiers' graves and planting American flags in front of them.

About 10 miles away, scores of other vets and volunteers do the same, placing more than 37,000 small flags on the downtown Boston Common — a sea of red, white and blue meant to symbolize all the Massachusetts soldiers killed in battle since the Revolutionary War. It’s an annual tradition that returns in full this year after being significantly scaled back in 2020 because of the pandemic.

In Boston and elsewhere, this holiday weekend will feel something closer to Memorial Days of old, as COVID-19 restrictions are fully lifted in many places.

“This Memorial Day almost has a different, better feeling to it,” said Craig DeOld, a 50-year-old retired captain in the Army Reserve, as he took a breather from his flag duties at the Fairview Cemetery earlier this week. “We’re breathing a sigh of relief that we’ve overcome another struggle, but we’re also now able to return to what this holiday is all about — remembering our fallen comrades.”

Around the nation, Americans will be able to pay tribute to fallen troops in ways that were impossible last year, when virus restrictions were in effect in many places. It will also be a time to remember the tens of thousands of veterans who died from COVID-19 and recommit to vaccinating those who remain reluctant.

But even as we do return to that elusive "normal", there are still areas for concern. I wonder what other states and their lower vaccination rates will experience in the next few weeks? Will we see another spike in cases? Only time will tell.

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