As we head into Memorial Day Weekend, we are still experiencing a very different reality than what we are used to at the unofficial start of summer. Our beaches have been allowed to open with social distancing requirements, and large gatherings with friends and families are still limited.
But while the things we do this weekend will be different, the solemn meaning of this holiday is more clear than ever. We must never forget the sacrifices that the men and women of our armed forces have made for us. While we enjoy the long weekend, I ask you to please join us in remembering the lives lost and celebrating their memory.
We also continue to honor the lives lost from COVID-19, as well as the brave and heroic actions of our first responders, medical personnel and essential workers. In that spirit, Governor Murphy penned this moving tribute to our first responders who are working around the clock to keep us safe.