For our Afternoon Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from Alexandria, Virginia, and around the area. Here are some news items that caught our eye.
In the News
Memorial Day reflections on service and sacrifice Perspective on the critical role of weather in combat. (CWG)
Yates delivers during coronavirus pandemic Yates Dry Cleaning, the all-natural, environmentally conscious dry cleaning business at Yates Corner in Alexandria, is making and giving away face masks. (The Zebra)
We’re drinking a lot during the coronavirus pandemic According to market research firm Nielsen, sales of alcoholic beverages spiked 55 percent in the week ending March 21, one of the first weeks of lockdown, and online sales of alcohol in the United States rose almost fivefold in April compared to the same period last year. (WaPo)
COVID-19 is hitting the Chirilaugua area of Alexandria hard A largely low-income, Hispanic neighborhood, Chirilagua, a nickname for Arlandria, has experienced community spread of the virus on a greater level than most other neighborhoods in the city and areas of the state. (Alexandria Times)
Chances for a 2nd wave of COVID-19? Experts at Johns Hopkins held a discussion on Sunday sharing insights and warnings as regions go through phases of reopening amid the coronavirus pandemic. (WTOP)
- Nationals Unveil Championship Ring Design, Complete With Baby Shark
- D.C. Mayor – City on track for Phase One of reopening
- Military families share Memorial Day with nation mourning coronavirus losses
Some Memorial Day quick facts:
- Several towns claim to be the originators of Memorial Day, but in 1966 Congress declared Waterloo, New York, to be the birthplace of the holiday.
- Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861-1865).
- The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States.
- The day was originally called Decoration Day.
- A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.