The lingering pandemic failed to suppress the needs or desires of many Americans to honor the sacrifices of others on Memorial Day 2021.

In contrast to last year’s holiday — and maybe because of last year’s cancellation of the Memorial Day activities to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus — some gathered to observe the holiday with the things they missed last year. The traditional programs included flag ceremonies, patriotic songs, prayers and solemn remembrances of Americans who gave their lives in service to their country.

— Al Everson