Memorial Day is received with a varied approach, from strict closings to crowded celebrations.
Those wishing to celebrate Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer in the United States, were faced with the difficulties of how to get together during a pandemic as the country approached the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths.
But in other parts of the country, crowds crowded the beaches and parks that were open for the holiday weekend. While many maintained social distance, others celebrated with abandon.
A video clip taken at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and posted by a local television anchor, partygoers found a pool. The images spread quickly on social media and, on Monday, were seen millions of times.
President Trump and the First Lady were scheduled to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday with a visit to Arlington National Cemetery for a crowning ceremony, followed by a visit to Fort McHenry in Baltimore “to honor American heroes who sacrificed their lives serving in the US Armed Forces, "said a White House statement.
In other parts of the world, measures to facilitate blockages have continued at a gradual pace, with the tourist season approaching a focus for much of Europe as it returns to public life. Germany allowed hotels, public pools and camps to reopen in several states on Monday, a measure welcomed by many as a chance to help revive the tourism industry.
Parts of Spain that have been particularly affected by the coronavirus, including Barcelona and Madrid, have taken significant steps to ease restrictions, with terraces for outdoor dining reopening for the first time in months in both cities.
And Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday announced the end of the national state of emergency, but urged the public to continue to take steps to defend itself against infections.
"We cannot continue to live and work the way we have done so far," he said.
Around the world, countries face the challenge of how best to restart air travel, a cornerstone of modern commerce, but also a dangerous vector for coronavirus infection.
As some nations have controlled their outbreaks, they are reopening their skies and identifying other relatively safe countries for which travel will be allowed.
But nations still in the middle of the pandemic were finding themselves closed again, with their people barred from accepting airports that were once accepted.
While the United States restricted travel, India, emerging from a national blockade, was resuming its activities.
Hardeep Singh Puri, India's aviation minister, said domestic flights would be carried out with about a third of operations starting on Monday. Food would not be served on flights, he said, and passengers would have to wear masks and pass temperature checks.
In Europe, the countries that have been most successful in containing the virus have sought to broker travel deals.
Officials in Greece have suggested an "air bridge" with other countries that have small outbreaks. International flights to Athens will resume on June 15 and to other airports in the country on July 1.
"I care about you?" read. "100,000 dead."
Trump and his advisers said yes, but he made an insufficient effort to demonstrate it this Memorial Day weekend. Finally, he ordered the flags to be reduced to half staff at the White House only after being criticized by his critics and, otherwise, it received no public warning, as the death toll in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic was approaching 100,000.
As the country approached six digits of death, the president who repeatedly criticized his predecessor for playing golf during a crisis spent the weekend on the links for the first time since March. When he was not riding in a cart, he was on social media embracing peripheral conspiracy theories, amplifying messages from a racist and sexist Twitter account and pressing insults at the playground against perceived enemies, including his own former attorney general.
This was a death toll that Trump predicted would never be reached. In late February, he said there were only 15 cases of coronavirus in the United States, still underestimating the actual numberand declared that "the 15 in a few days will be reduced to almost zero". In the annals of the American presidency, it would be difficult to recall a more catastrophically wrong prediction.
It was 1952, and the youth had returned to the industrial towns of western Massachusetts after serving in World War II. They were children of poor families. AND they were damaged: shocked, learning to live without limbs, unable to communicate what they had seen.
that was for these men that Governor Paul Dever, who had fought in the war, dedicated the Holyoke House of Soldiers, promising to protect injured veterans.
But almost 70 years later, when the coronavirus started to spread across the country, that promise was broken. Of the 210 veterans who lived at the facility in late March, 89 are dead, 74 having tested positive for the coronavirus. Almost three-quarters of veterans from the interior were infected. It is one of the highest death rates of any end-of-life facility in the country.
There was James Leach Miller, who at 21 was on Omaha Beach on D-Day, huddled on a landing ship with other young people. He died of the coronavirus on March 30.
There was Emilio DiPalma, who at 19 was a sergeant in the Army. He saved Hermann Goering, the driving force behind Nazi concentration camps, during the Nuremberg trials. He died of the coronavirus on April 8.
The question of what went wrong at Holyoke House of Soldiers will stay with Massachusetts for a long time.
Investigations have begun, several of which seek to determine whether state officials should be charged with negligence under civil or criminal law.
"He died without any care," said Linda McKee, Miller's daughter. "There was no one there giving orders."
On Monday, Japan ended its state of emergency in the Tokyo area and on the island of Hokkaido in the north, measures that completed the lifting of national restrictions and started the beginning of a new phase in the country's response.
The measures were lifted for most of the rest of the country earlier this month, after a drop in the number of new coronavirus cases prompted authorities to postpone initial requests to close many businesses and individuals to stay at home.
The Japanese government has no legal authority to impose a blockade on the country and has instead asked for public cooperation to stem the spread of the virus. The state of emergency began in Japan's urban areas in early April, before expanding to the rest of the country in the middle of the month.
The results were more successful than anticipated, defying predictions that the nation's densely populated capital would experience a disaster comparable to what occurred in New York. As of Sunday, the country had recorded 16,500 coronavirus cases across the country and 830 deaths, some of the lowest mortality rates among major economies.
Addressing the nation after the announcement, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged the public to continue to take steps to defend against the infection, asking them to avoid crowded places.
“We need to do a new normal. We are going to change our thinking, "he said, warning that" we cannot continue living and working the way we have done so far ".
As companies reopen, authorities and medical experts advise the country to remain vigilant against the threat of a second wave, which can quickly undo progress in controlling the spread of the coronavirus.
Although the case count in Japan is low, it has also performed far fewer tests than other countries, increasing anxiety that there may be a reservoir of asymptomatic cases not discovered in the country.
Damien Cave, head of the Times' Sydney office, writes about the resumption of classes in Australia.
I made my daughter her favorite breakfast this morning and put extra snacks in my son's lunchbox. Not even a rain shower could harm my mood – if my wife and I could have champagne at 8 am, we would have.
Finally, after seven weeks at home full of zoom lessons, fractions, delayed tasks, TikTok and a few tears, our two children were returning to their real-life classrooms full time.
"I'm not looking forward to school," my daughter Amelia, 9, told me, as we headed for the morning stroll in downtown Sydney. "I'm excited about normal life!"
The announcement of a full return came suddenly last week. In our house, applause shook the windows. We saw Australia's infection rates go down and wondered when the time would come. We believe that schools brought only minimal risks and great benefits.
But as I watched other parents this morning, some with masks, some with hand sanitizer, I couldn't help feeling that "normal life" had already narrowed.
Amelia tells me that hugging at school now is scolding. The dance is still canceled. Balthazar, his brother, who is 11, is also unlikely to go to camp with his class next month – a sixth-grade milestone he has been looking forward to since last year.
I want to believe that these little sacrifices are not what they will remember. I want to believe that they will look back and remember these island months as a special interlude, yes, with some discussions, but also with many Snickerdoodles, art projects and funny family videos also.
What did we learn? Honestly, less about school than we are.
Our children said they were surprised to find out how hard their parents worked. I have a deeper understanding of my children as students – now I know that my child is generally quiet, he learns better not alone, but in groups, even if it means sitting in front of me; and my daughter, it seems, is much more diligent than her intimacy suggests.
There is a part of me that will miss them now that they are gone. But I don't want them back, not just because …