Memorial Day honors America’s military men and women who lost their lives in service to their country.
The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May, a time of year when weather is turning warmer and schools and universities are adjourning for summer break.
To Americans, Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Many people attend parades, go to the beach or have cook-outs with friends and family.
Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
Cities and towns across the United States host Memorial Day parades each year, often incorporating military personnel and members of veterans’ organizations. Some of the largest parades take place in Chicago, New York and Washington, DC.
Americans also observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Some people wear a red poppy in remembrance of those fallen in war—a tradition that began with a World War I poem.
On a less somber note, many people take weekend trips or throw parties and barbecues on the holiday, perhaps because Memorial Day weekend—the long weekend comprising the Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day and Memorial Day itself—unofficially marks the beginning of summer.
But at its heart, Memorial Day is a day when Americans reflect on the sacrifice of those who have given their lives in military service.
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The Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) is delighted to present Confidence in the Future, curated collaboratively by BCA staff, Rebecca Pristoop and Arianna Reyes.
The exhibition, which was scheduled to open on March 18, 2020 at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, was cut short due to COVID-19. BCA has worked tirelessly to bring this show live with the support of participating artists, staff and curators.
In this exhibition, BCA continues to focus on paying homage to socially conscious artwork and to art that comes from artists who are actively engaged in creating a vision of the future and expanding our understanding of the role of resistance.
To read more about the virtual exhibit, please visit here.
In addition, please join us on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, from 06:30 p.m. – 07:00 p.m. for an open conversation with the artists of Confidence in the Future, and the community advocacy organization Nos Quedamos.
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You should know that during this COVID-19 pandemic, Hispanics and African American communities have been the most affected and those who have suffered a greater loss of lives in the City of New York.
The reasons for this, is that these communities too often are underserved. When our communities are faced with dire situations and there is a need and a call to action, our leader’s response to the emergency is to create a commission to investigate the cause of the problem or emergency instead of taking immediate action. Unfortunately, in many cases such as this, a commission only serves to enable our leaders to give the appearance of taking action, when in reality what they are doing is what Pontius Pilate did. They wash their hands of the problem.
For decades we have seen this in our leader’s when it has come to handling the matters of immigration, health care, public education, jobs, housing, and now during this pandemic. Communities of color, predominately Black and Latino Communities are the most affected and neglected by its elected leaders.
You should know that Pastors, members of The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, have been offering the City and State of New York the use of their temples, as available facilities, to use as COVID-19 testing locations. These are temples that are situated in the heart of communities of color making them accessible for the residents of these minority communities.
In Bronx County, Rev. Roberto Lopez, Pastor of the Assemblies of God Church John 3:16, located at 864 Westchester Avenue in Bronx County, has been offered to help facilitate COVID-19 testing sites to both Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
In Brooklyn County Bishop Nicolas Angustia Pastor of “The Revival United Mennonite Church” located at 390 Melrose Avenue corner of Knickerbocker Avenue, has also offered his facilities to also use for COVID-19 testing site.
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“M/WBEs are the backbone of New York City’s economy,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “I am confident Maggie will continue on the important work we have done to ensure our M/WBEs have what they need to thrive and that they are recognized for the essential role they play across the five boroughs.”
“This is an amazing opportunity to continue the work I started at the New York City Department of Design and Construction. I am extremely honored Mayor de Blasio has tasked me to help lead this very important program, especially at this time,” said Maggie Austin, Senior Advisor for Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises. “M/WBE’s play a vital role in the City’s economy and I will work every day to ensure that we provide them opportunities to succeed. Their success makes New York City a stronger city, a fairer city, and a better city.”
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