According to History.com, “Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.”

In New York State Governor Cuomo has hijacked this day of honor to pander to essential workers.

As a veteran, I am disappointed with the governor’s decision.

I also think it would be inappropriate for the governor to disrespect those who observe Martin Luther King Day, or St. Patrick’s Day, or Gay Pride Week, or Women’s History Month, or Cinco de Mayo, by shoving another group into their agendas.

Essential workers are worthy of recognition. Cuomo could have created a day of remembrance for essential workers. Like how he made Juneteenth a new state holiday last year in an effort to pander to Black folks.

But instead, the governor decided to equate the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, with an undefined demographic of essential workers.

My hope is that Cuomo will leave Veteran’s Day alone. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the governor declares that Pilipino tilt-a-whirl operators should be remembered with the same reverence as the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918.

I realize that Memorial Day weekend has morphed into the unofficial start of summer. But I urge Americans to attend one of the many observances scheduled throughout our country, respect the dead, and keep the idea of Memorial Day alive.

Ronald Heppner


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