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Reflecting on Memorial Day while keeping family close

May 22, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

A soldier statue stands watch over the grave of Robert Sankey at the Calvary Cemetery in Butler. Sankey was a veteran of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Memorial Day events are often marked with solemn crowds dressed in red, white and blue, watching ceremonies commemorating veterans.

This year, crowds are prohibited and many commemoration ceremonies are canceled.

Some Pennsylvanians will celebrate Memorial Day the way they’ve spent most of the pandemic: by staying close to home and family.

The challenge will be mixing memories with new experiences.

“Usually, we go to some type of park,” said Diane Garbin, who lives in Cranberry Township with her husband and two sons. “Actually, we’re going to go downtown this year.”

Suzy Duer, a Zelienople mother of six, said her family also plans to spend Memorial Day outside.

Although the Duers usually celebrate Memorial Day with a visit to the pool, they’re making new memories this year.

“I’m taking the kids to Lake Edinboro,” Duer said. “(We’re) just looking to do something different.”

This is an excerpt from a larger article that appeared in Sunday’s Butler Eagle. Subscribe online or in print to learn how other people’s plans are for this Memorial Day.