May 20, 2020-
I woke today, feeling the power that comes with a day which may be written as 05-20-20, and which is the midpoint of the twentieth week of 2020. Being Wednesday, I found myself in two consecutive Zoom calls, for two different reasons, this afternoon.
After those were finished, it was time for a regenerative cat nap-THEN came the urge to finally take the first of four directional walks. So, on went the sneakers, sunglasses and ballcap-and east I went.
Today was the last of a series of mild, rather breezy days, so walking was a veritable pleasure. My eastward route took me as far as the still-shuttered Planet Fitness franchise, in a shopping center called Frontier Village. This was a 1 1/2 mile-one-way jaunt, and relatively easy.
The way back led me along the edge of Prescott VA Cemetery, resting place of many military veterans, and a place where I usually join a large group of volunteers, placing American flags at gravesites, on Memorial Day weekend. I’ve heard nothing about that, this year, so am thinking it’s another casualty of COVID19. I stopped and read Abraham Lincoln’s “Address at Gettysburg Memorial Cemetery”, thinking about what, today, is “altogether fitting and proper”.
There are three things that come immediately to mind:
- Treat all citizens, especially those with whom one disagrees, as worthy of respect.
2. Honour those who may need us to make small adjustments in our daily conduct- i.e. people who might be immunocompromised, and need those around them, in public places, to wear face masks.
3. Continue thinking for self-and that means THINKING, not following the loudest voices in the room, on the Internet or in the streets.
These are altogether fitting and proper, nearly 157 years after our nation’s 16th President dedicated a military cemetery, receiving the remains of those who fought in one of our nation’s bloodiest, and most divisive, conflicts.