LAST REMINDER...Our annual Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance will not be held as usual in Veterans’ Memorial Park this year because physical distancing prevents us from gathering in person. Instead, Penfield TV will present a video tribute on Monday, May 25 at 10:30 AM (and replayed or on demand thereafter). This may be viewed on Spectrum cable channel 1303, web stream at www.penfieldtv.org, and through the Penfield Television app on your streaming media device—ROKU, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire. Search your device's app store for "Penfield TV." Our guest speaker this year is Rick Gough from the Penfield American Legion Braman Post #1229.
We are finally going to enjoy fantastic weather this weekend, something we all crave following winter and our weeks of physical distancing, working remotely, and homeschooling. For many of our neighbors, it’s been long weeks of working to provide an essential service for the benefit of our community. The temptation to break out and embrace the holiday weekend will be strong. We want to see people, fire up our grills, and get gardens underway.
This Memorial Day, our sense of responsibility to each other needs to be stronger than our desire for a “normal” holiday. We need to find new ways to enjoy the weekend while we stay physically distant from others, wear our masks, and avoid large groups. We have a shared commitment to the health of our community. If we slip up now the only direction we will travel is backward.
If you truly consider the reason we celebrate Memorial Day, you will agree it’s a day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. For generations, men and women of the armed services trained and served to combat visible enemies. Many gave their lives, and they did it to keep their families, hometowns, and country safe.
Now, during this pandemic, we too are being asked to make personal sacrifices for similar reasons as we combat an invisible foe. In the grand scheme of things, compared to those we honor on Memorial Day, the simple acts of staying physically apart and wearing face coverings isn’t asking much. When you see flags flying this weekend let them remind you of those who served and sacrificed, then remind yourself of the simple things we are all being asked to do to keep each other safe and alive.
I wish you all a happy Memorial Day and hope you will tune in to watch our “Memorial Day Ceremony of Remembrance” on Monday. Enjoy the weather, be smart, and be safe.
Find COVID-19 resources at www.penfield.org . Direct questions or concerns to the Monroe County COVID-19 hotline at (585) 753-5555 or COVID19@monroecounty.gov .
Stay home, stop the spread, save lives,
Penfield Supervisor R. Anthony (Tony) LaFountain