It was a different sort of Memorial Day in the Philly region this year, with social distancing measures preventing mass gatherings to commemorate the day. Smaller gatherings and virtual ceremonies were held, though. And, at the Shore, cloudy skies kept beaches less crowded than they otherwise might have been, even with the coronavirus pandemic.
Normally, there would have been a public service at the Washington Crossing National Cemetary in Bucks County. This year, though, retired Marine Tom Jankiewicz and two other members of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation placed American flags in front of about 135 gravestone markers.
The coronavirus pandemic meant that there were no large gatherings to commemorate Memorial Day in the region yesterday. Instead, virtual ceremonies were pre-recorded or shown live online. And, nationally, musicians marked the day with a playing of “Taps.” Here’s what the weekend looked like in pictures.
Hilco Global, the Chicago company that’s buying the 1,300-acre Philadelphia Energy Solutions property in South Philly, has a long history of buying and salvaging distressed businesses and real estate. But its record as a developer is mixed. With the sale of what used to be the East Coast’s biggest oil refinery set to close around the end of the month, Hilco officials still have not publicly released a plan for the South Philly property.
National polling averages show President Trump is near even with Joe Biden among voters older than 65. That’s a group of voters he won by 10 points in the 2016 election. One of the likely reasons for his “senior slide,” my colleague Julia Terruso reports, is Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has disproportionately affected the elderly.
Memorial Day can help us reflect on the past and remember those who are no longer with us. Thank you for sharing, @kslouf.
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“Anticipation is sometimes the best part of life. We are lucky when we are happy and healthy enough to make future plans. But this summer, we may only have memories to share, not plans to make. Philadelphia, I already miss you.” — writes Tina Isen Fox, a freelance writer in suburban Philly, about the things she’s already missing about summer.
Every day this week, we’re taking you behind the scenes of The Inquirer newsroom to learn more about what we do and how we do it. If you missed yesterday’s edition, you can find it here.
Today, we’re talking about breaking news coverage and how our Now Team works. Here’s how the editor Molly Eichel describes it: “Team Now is breaking news, plus a little extra zazz. Every day, we start at 5 a.m. and wrap up at 1 a.m. Right now, we are responsible for operating the coronavirus liveblog. It’s a running feed for breaking news, such as Gov. Tom Wolf moving all counties to the “yellow phase” on June 5; important news you-can-use; and links to the newsroom’s comprehensive coronavirus coverage. But we also take time for fun stuff, like finding the Instagram star who Lysol’d North Philly, figuring out what happens to the cats at cat cafes during a pandemic, or following a surfer’s return to the water after the coronavirus shutdowns. Our job is to make sure the biggest Philadelphia-area story of the day is covered from all angles. If you’re talking about it, it’s probably because we wrote about it.”
Tomorrow, we’ll talk about what our opinion section is.