Monday, May 25th is Memorial Day. This is a day set aside in America to solemnly honor the men and women who have died while serving in our military.

For many of us, it’s a three-day weekend, and the launch of outdoor Summer fun. But much as the meaning of “weekend” has been muted by the coronavirus, our embrace of outdoor Summer fun is going to need to take on a different flavor.

First things first: While not a part of the James River Park System, a perfect place to honor the spirit of Memorial Day is at the Virginia War Memorial. This sits on the hill above Historic Tredegar, just off of Rowe Street.  The Commonwealth’s 64th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be live-streamed from the Virginia War Memorial on Monday, May 25. For more information and livestream info, go here:  Memorial Day program HERE.

Edwin Slipek just wrote a piece in Style Weekly about some recent expansions of the Memorial. While the interior spaces are closed, you are free to walk the grounds, pay your respects, and it does offer impressive views of the James River.

Secondly, Richmond is still holding off on joining Virginia in Phase One Reopening, which means that the stay-at-home measures discussed by Superintendent Bryce Wilk are still in effect. This means no picnics, sunbathing, playing in the James (which will likely be flooded and muddy on Monday), and everyone must observe social distancing rules. Bryce’s updates discusses some Park closures, parking restrictions, and more. Enjoy the trails, bike a bit, but be respectful.

One way or another, Summer will get here. We will all be allowed to get out and about, and the James River Park will completely reopen. Until then, it’s important that we all work together.

* Featured Image Courtesy Dave Parrish Photography