Inside the Ring Road: Reagan Memorial Day, 1981

A thought to ponder. Here is what President Reagan advised in a proclamation for Memorial Day, May 25, 1981.

“More than 100 years ago, Memorial Day was established to commemorate those who died in defense of our national ideals. Our ideals of freedom, justice and equal rights for all have been challenged at time and again since then, and thousands of Americans have given their lives in many parts of the world to uphold those same ideals and ensure lasting peace for their children. Their sacrifice demands that we, the living, continue to advance the cause of peace and the ideals for which they so valiantly gave themselves,” Reagan told the nation.

“Today, the United States stands as a beacon of freedom and democratic strength before the community of nations. We are determined to stand firm against those who would destroy the freedoms we hold dear. We are determined to achieve a lasting peace. – a peace in freedom and honor This resolve, this resolve, is the greatest tribute we can pay to the many who have fallen in the service of our nation,” Reagan said.

TRUMP MEMORIAL DAY, 2020

Consider another proclamation, this one delivered by President Trump on May 25, 2020, at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.

“As long as our flag flies in the skies above, the names of these fallen warriors will be woven into its threads. As long as we have citizens willing to follow their lead, carry their burden, carry on their legacy, the American cause will never fail and American freedom will never, ever die,” Trump said.

“Today we honor the heroes we have lost. We pray for the loved ones they left behind. And with God as our witness, we solemnly pledge to protect, preserve and cherish this land they gave their last breaths to defend and defend so proudly. God bless our military. God bless the memory of the dead. God bless our Gold Star families. And God bless America,” he concluded. .

OUT OF TOWN OR HOME?

AAA predicts that 39.2 million people will walk 50 miles or more from home this Memorial Day weekend, an increase of 8.3% from 2021.

“Based on our projections, summer travel isn’t just heating up, it’s going to be on fire. People are late for a vacation and they are looking to catch up on some much needed R&R in the months ahead,” Paula Twidalesenior vice president of AAA Travel, said in a statement.

“Nearly 6 in 10 American adults say the activity they are most likely to participate in for Memorial Day or Memorial Day weekend is a barbecue or barbecue. The 57% who said this represent more of 148 million people,” advises the Vacationer, an industry source that surveyed 1,030 U.S. adults online on May 1.

“The second most likely activity is the beach at 13%, or approximately 35 million American adults. In third place, we have lake activity at 9%, or 24 million people,” the organization said.

AND A LITTLE HISTORY

“Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was observed by many communities after the Civil War, when the nation suffered over 620,000 military deaths, or about 2% of the total population at the time,” we recall. the National Archives.

John A. Logan, the Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, chose May 30, 1868 as the day to decorate the graves of Union troops across the country. From that beginning, Memorial Day has now been designated as an annual day of remembrance to honor all those who have died in the service of the United States in peace and war,” advises the Archives.

For decades, Memorial Day continued to be observed on May 30, the date Logan chose for the first Decoration Day.

But in 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1968 which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May to create a three-day weekend; the change took effect in 1971. The law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

MEANWHILE: TRAVEL TO CONSIDER

Is a remarkable journey in your future?

Atlas Obscura Trips promises to “feed your curiosity and expand your sense of wonder” via a few remarkable journeys, which include a tour of “culinary Naples” with cooking lessons from a Neapolitan chef – or a chance to swim with the humpback singing whales of Tonga.

Also among the possibilities: Iceland in winter, exploring the “cradle of tea” in China, or strolling through the sacred granaries, casbahs and festivals of Morocco, or tracking down wolves in Sweden.

Curious? Check out AtlasObscura.com — under “travel” of course. The site also publishes essays and stories, and identifies unusual places to consider around the planet.

DRINK OF THE DAY

So maybe it’s cocktail hour? Town & Country Magazine has included this particular libation in their extensive collection of Memorial Day cocktails which they describe as “refreshing and easy to make.”

This one – the “Blackberry Mint Julep” – was invented by the Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton, New York.

Ingredients for one: 2 oz. of Bulleit Bourbon, half an ounce of Chambord, three-quarters of an ounce of fresh lime juice, half an ounce of simple sugar syrup, 5 muddled or lightly crushed blackberries and 6 fresh mint leaves.

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a shaker and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a blackberry.

POLL OF THE DAY

50% of American adults say their lives will never return to normal because of the coronavirus pandemic.

4% say their life will be disrupted for more than a few months.

6% say life will be disrupted for a few more months.

16% say their life will return to normal within the next year.

21% say their life has already returned to normal.

SOURCE: A Gallup poll conducted April 25-May 2 of 3,995 American adults and released May 23.

• Have a productive Memorial Day and thank you for reading Inside the Beltway.

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