HARDING TWP. _ Democratic Township Committee candidates Amanda Richardson and Kate Barry made note of a special Memorial Day in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Memorial Day will be quiet this year. Most will be sheltering at home, separated from many of the friends and family members with whom they would traditionally gather. Streets will not be lined with residents enjoying parades, as public salutes and tributes are unfortunately delayed or canceled,” They wrote in a prepared release.
“We write on behalf of the Harding Democrats to observe that on this day of remembrance and tribute, we shine the light on those Americans who bravely answered the call and gave their all to keep us safe and to protect the freedoms and values we all too often take for granted. Perhaps removing the pageantry will allow us all to better reflect on the meaning of the day: the ultimate sacrifice that the women and men of our U.S. military have made in service to our great nation. On this Memorial Day, we honor their selfless service and bravery and their unwavering belief in the spirit and goodness of our country.
“This year, we also pay tribute to all those who have given their lives in sacrifice as they fight the war against COVID-19. Healthcare workers, first responders, and essential workers bravely and selflessly have given their lives in service to their fellow Americans to win the battle against this new kind of enemy. During this national emergency, let their sacrifices remind us all that we too have a meaningful role to play in keeping our nation strong and safe.
“Let us remember all of these fallen heroes this Memorial Day, and renew our commitment to providing our individual support as we can. There are various ways to support Gold Star families, some of which are collected here: http://www.operationwearehere.com/FallenWarriorsFinancial.html. To honor the memory of those who have sacrificed their lives in the war against coronavirus, our individual behavior can also play a meaningful role. Let us all carry on with fortitude and strength, without rancor or discord, to do what is necessary to keep our community safe and to serve those in need.”
Barry and Richardson will face off against GOP candidates, Township Committeeman Tim Jones, and Rita Chipperson, in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 3.