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TDS wishes you a safe and pleasant Memorial Day

The summer season is here. Sports are not.

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It’s a day where we usually attend parades, indulge in a bbq - whether at our own home or someone else’s - spend quality time with friends and family, maybe down a beer or two, and kick off the summer by celebrating the lives of those who gave up everything in service of our country.

It’s a much different scene this time around. We’re still remembering our service members, but the word “memorial” takes on a broader meaning this year with 100,000 of our friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, fellow countrymen, no longer with us since the beginning of the COVD-19 epidemic in America.

And though some states have completely re-opened and all have begun relaxing emergency measures at least somewhat, there are no parades, while BBQs are supposed to be small and masked and socially distanced (which is why I’m keeping mine to just the people I already live with... more pork butt for me!)

Anyway, things are strange out there. There’s no NBA Playoffs. No Stanley Cup. And baseball season would just now be getting good, with the weather getting hot, and stadium food seemingly at its most delicious, so there’s not much to distract us.

Whatever you’re doing this weekend to celebrate the holiday, or blow off some steam, or relax with kin, please make sure you are safe.

All of us TDS want to wish our readers a safe and pleasant Memorial Day. We hope it’s as normal as can be considering the circumstances.