This Memorial Day, many of the usual events around Wyoming, and the nation, will either be canceled or held differently due to COVID-19. But this does not mean that there will not be proper remembrances during this important day.

Flags will be hung. Prayers will be spoken. The names of the fallen will be acknowledged.

To find out how you can honor those who gave all, the easiest way would be to look up or call your local veteran organization in your area.

But just because we are doing things in a different way does not mean that we are not paying out respects.

Just because we are not gathering together does not mean that we have forgotten.

Even if you choose to remember in the privacy of your own home, or pay your respects in some humble way online, it all matters. It is not something less just because we have to do it differently.

And as long as I've mentioned online, let's not forget live streaming. There will be live memorial services if you know where to look. Watching these events from home will not have quite the same impact as being there in person, to be sure, but in this case we will just have to do things a little differently. Different does not mean less respectful.

Originally known as Decoration Day, the event began after the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. On Memorial Day many of us prefer to visit cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

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