Many Americans will enjoy a 3-day weekend in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. For many, Memorial Day is a time for barbecues, picnics, parades and perhaps a mini vacation. Memorial Day is often considered the unofficial kick-off of summer even though summer does not really begin until the summer solstice in mid-June.
Not everyone takes time to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day and often confuse its purpose with Veterans Day. Both national holidays are remembrances of those who served in the U.S. military. However, Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died serving in the U.S military in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle. Veterans Day honors everyone who served in the US military in wartime or peacetime—regardless of whether they died or survived.
Take time this weekend to remember and honor those who gave their life for our country. Attend a community memorial ceremony, place a flag or flowers at the grave of a fallen soldier or simply take a moment of silence to remember their sacrifice. Take a minute this weekend to also remember the lives lost at the school shooting this week in Texas and other victims of gun violence. And do a little something to make our country and world a better place.
This Weekend Reading Series begins with Again, Again & Again, with articles and opinions on gun violence in our country. Next, check out Playing the Long Game, offering insights on all things “long.” Do not miss Never Forgotten, dedicated to those who sacrificed their lives for our country. Last, but not least, check out A Little Weekend Color and my personal favorite, Who Was Pinocchio’s Mysterious Blue-Haired Fairy?
I hope you enjoy the following:
1. Again, Again & Again
- Reuters: Factbox: How Canada, Australia, UK changed laws after mass shootings
- Medscape: Don’t Equate Mass Shootings With Mental Illness
- NPR: 12 stats to help inform the gun control debate
- Vox: The school shooting generation grows up After coming of age in a world wholly unprepared to deal with the aftermath of mass school shootings, an early wave of survivors is now in their 30s and 40s, grappling with the present.
- Task & Purpose: Why are Americans forced to feel the same fear that I did as a soldier in Iraq? We shouldn’t have to live like we are deployed in a combat zone.
2. Playing the Long Game
- Associated Press: New law puts NHL great Konstantinov’s 24/7 care in jeopardy
- NPR: What’s ailing long COVID patients? A new federal study looks for clues
- HealthDay: Could Video Games Boost a Child’s Intelligence?
- The New York Times: Patients Face Long Delays for Imaging of Cancers and Other Diseases Many U.S. hospitals are postponing scans used to diagnose diseases after a Covid lockdown in China hobbled the main U.S. supplier of an imaging chemical.
3. Never Forgotten
- National Library of Medicine, Circulating Now: Courage Under Fire- Combat First Aid in WWII
- Military.com: Honoring a Father I Don’t Remember on Memorial Day
- Smithsonian Magazine: An Exclusive Preview of the New World War I Memorial – One sculptor and his team of artists take on the epic project of conveying the century-old conflict through a massive bronze installation
- The Center for American War Letters: a unique and extensive manuscript collection of war letters from every American conflict, beginning with handwritten missives composed during the Revolutionary War and continuing up to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan.
4. A Little Weekend Color
- Smithsonian Magazine: Who Was Pinocchio’s Mysterious Blue-Haired Fairy? Author Carlo Collodi may have drawn inspiration from one—or a few—female figures in his life
- McGill University: Salon-Free Highlights are Just a Spray Away
- Smithsonian Magazine: Scientists Map Yellowstone’s Underground ‘Plumbing’
- Smithsonian Magazine: Researchers Use Algae to Power a Computer for Months
Enjoy your weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 1416
Birmingham, MI 48012
Office: (248) 792-2187
Email: [email protected]