Memorial Day

Photo of Richard Hoffman
Richard Hoffman

WOSU's project Letters From Home is sharing stories from isolation—how Ohioans are getting through this pandemic, alone and together.

U.S. government buildings, military posts and embassies will fly the flag at half-staff through Memorial Day weekend in memory of the nearly 100,000 people who have died of COVID-19, President Trump announced Thursday night. The decision comes after Democratic leaders in Congress sent a letter to the president requesting the gesture.

Yo-Yo Ma
Jason Bell

In memory of those we have lost during the pandemic and in honor of those who are on the front lines of this global struggle, world renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform all six of Bach's Suites for unaccompanied cello on Sunday, May 24 at 3 p.m. EDT.

Among the observances of Memorial Day around the state was the annual Governor’s Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Statehouse.  

Classical Music for Memorial Day from NPR

May 27, 2016
A sailor pays his respects to a fallen service member buried at the Brookwood American Cemetery and Memorial in Brookwood, England.
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As we head into the fun and (hopefully) sun of the Memorial Day weekend, it's also good to pause and reflect on the paradoxical nature of the holiday, as was pointed out to me in this NPR article, Classical Music Memorials, by Richard Knisely.