Memorial Day 2022: Quotes about patriotism, freedom
Memorial Day - What You Need to Know Memorial Day - What You Need to KnowMemorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the country. Here are a few quotes about patriotism and freedom. >> Read more trending news"A hero is someone who has given his of her life to something bigger than oneself." -- Joesph Campbell"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." Arlington Cemetery recently announced they would be relaxing the visitor restrictions imposed at the beginning of the Coronavirus Pandemic, which has affected ceremonies and traditions over the last year.wftv.com
Here’s what some veterans think about Memorial Day
VIDEO: Military Memorials VIDEO: Military MemorialsMemorial Day is a holiday many Americans celebrate by spending time with loved ones and enjoying the May weather. And because of those firsthand horrors experienced in battle, many soldiers and veterans spend Memorial Day a bit differently than the average American might. Danelo said that on Memorial Day, he not only remembers his fallen comrades, but goes to visit the graves of those who may have been forgotten. The "Flags In" ceremony is another way a lot of soldiers commemorate Memorial Day: placing flags on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery. So, what do nonfamily members and nonveterans think about on Memorial Day?wftv.com
7 soldiers last seen with decapitated Fort Bragg paratrooper in 2020 face court martials
Enrique Roman-Martinez and his colleagues defied a COVID-19-related lockdown to travel to the Outer Banks for a Memorial Day 2020 weekend trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore. The second charge stems from the group’s travel from Fort Bragg to the national park, which is about 200 miles from the Army base. The Fort Bragg-based soldier's head washed ashore about a week later. The Fort Bragg-based soldier's head washed ashore about a week later. The Fort Bragg-based soldier's head washed ashore about a week later.wftv.com
Gridlock Guy: Enjoying the “Cruise Control Game”
My new relationship with cruise control bore a “game” where I watched the “miles per gallon” gauge increase instead of my previous game of filing down the “ETA” on my Google Maps navigation. The speed limit is 70 miles per hour on I-16, so I set the cruise control for 79. When we approached slower cars, I would dial down the cruise control speed with my left thumb ahead of time. Hitting the brakes turns off cruise control and also hurts gas mileage more than just lifting on the gas. My biggest insecurity with cruise control is the lack of use of my right foot.wftv.com
Orlando International Airport wheelchair attendants to strike over better wages, benefits
Nearly 2 million screened at airports ahead of Memorial Day, TSA says Travelers line up to go through a TSA checkpoint at Orlando International Airport before the Memorial Day weekend Friday, May 28, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (John Raoux/AP Photo)ORLANDO, Fla. — People who push wheelchairs for Frontier and American Airlines are walking off the job on Thursday. Wheelchair attendants said the short staffing issue is leading to missed flights for elderly and disabled passengers. It could impact passengers who need a wheelchair to get onto or off their flight. The wheelchair attendants are protesting for better wages and benefits. Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
Orange County officials are concerned about the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases
ORLANDO, Fla — Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings and Orange County Health’s Director Dr. Pino announced this afternoon that Orange County has seen a steady uptick in COVID-19 cases since Memorial Day. And along with the increase in delta variant cases, the county could be sliding back in the battle against COVID-19. READ: ‘I don’t want her death to go in vain:’ Man encourages vaccinations after wife dies of COVID-19Since Memorial Day, positive cases have started creeping up. Mayor Demings is encouraging Orange County residents to get vaccinated to help slow the trend down, and right now the county has a 60% vaccination rate. READ: Delta variant cases on the rise in Orange CountyStay with WFTV and WFTV.com for the latest impacts of COVID-19 in Central Florida.wftv.com
2 million board US flights for 1st time since onset of COVID-19 pandemic
(John Raoux/AP Photo)The Transportation Security Administration on Friday screened more than 2 million people for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, multiple media outlets reported. “TSA stands ready to provide a safe and secure screening process as part of the overall travel experience.”Prior to the pandemic, the TSA screened an average of 2 to 2.5 million people per day, USA Today reported. Meanwhile, the TSA also confirmed that Friday’s figures represent the first time single-day total screenings have eclipsed 2 million since March 7, 2020. More coronavirus pandemic coverage:>> Coronavirus: How long between exposure to the virus and the start of symptoms? This tool will tell you>> How to not let coronavirus pandemic fatigue set in, battle back if it does©2021 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Jacksonville ordered to turn off bridge’s Pride Month rainbow lights. A day later, they’re lighted again.
The decision on the Acosta Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla., which came after Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a much-debated transgender girls sports ban on the first day of Pride Month, appears to have been reversed Wednesday amid mounting blowback.washingtonpost.com
Censored veteran will get another chance to give speech
Memorial Day Speech Silenced In this frame grab from video provided by Hudson Community Television, retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter taps the microphone after organizers turned off the audio during his speech at a Memorial Day ceremony, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Hudson, Ohio. Organizers of the ceremony turned off Kemter's microphone when he began talking about how freed Black slaves had honored fallen soldiers soon after the Civil War. (Hudson Community Television via AP) (Uncredited)HUDSON, Ohio — (AP) — A retired U.S. Army officer whose speech about freed Black slaves honoring fallen Civil War soldiers was censored by organizers of a Memorial Day ceremony will get another chance to deliver it. Two of the event's organizers later resigned under pressure after Ohio American Legion officials said the decision censoring the speech was premeditated and planned. The Ohio American Legion has temporarily suspended the post.wftv.com
Censored veteran will get another chance to give speech
A retired U.S. Army officer whose speech about freed Black slaves honoring fallen Civil War soldiers was censored by organizers of a Memorial Day ceremony will get another chance to deliver it. The American Legion Department of Ohio said it has invited retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter to speak next week at the organization's Buckeye Boys State, an annual gathering that teaches young men about government. Kemter was speaking at a Memorial Day event hosted by a local American Legion post in northeastern Ohio when his microphone was turned off as he talked about the role Black people played in how Memorial Day began.news.yahoo.com
Another official resigns over censored Memorial Day speech
Both organizers of a Memorial Day ceremony have now resigned under pressure after they silenced a retired U.S. Army officer’s microphone while he was talking about how freed Black slaves honored fallen soldiers just after the Civil War. Cindy Suchan, chair of the Memorial Day parade committee and president of the Hudson American Legion Auxiliary, stepped down nearly a week after the ceremony, the Akron Beacon Journal reported Tuesday. Suzette Heller, department adjutant for the American Legion Department of Ohio, said she was told Sunday that Suchan had resigned.news.yahoo.com
Manchin say he'll vote against 'partisan' Dem elections bill
Lawmakers still face standoffs on an infrastructure bill, police reform, voting rights, and a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Manchin said lawmakers should instead focus their energies on revitalizing the landmark Voting Rights Act, which was weakened by a Supreme Court decision in 2013. Manchin reiterated he would not vote “weaken or eliminate the filibuster,” a route that many Democrats see as the only realistic path forward. “I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act,” Manchin wrote. “Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster.”In March, House Democrats passed the voting bill by a near party-line 220-210 vote.wftv.com
New England's success against COVID-19 could be a model
Kerry LaBarbera, an ER nurse a few miles away at Boston Medical Center, had a similar realization that same weekend, when just two patients with COVID-19 came through her unit, one of the busiest in New England. “The past year and a half has been like going through a tornado or something terrible,” she said. COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the region have been steadily dropping as more than 60% of residents in all six states have received at least one dose of the vaccine. New Hampshire is averaging about a death a week after peaking at about 12 a day during the virus's winter surge. States such as California and Nebraska are also doing as well as if not better than some New England states when it comes to new cases relative to population.wftv.com
New England's success against COVID-19 could be a model
For Dr. Jeremy Faust, the moment he realized the pandemic no longer dominated his workday came over Memorial Day weekend, when he didn’t see a single coronavirus case over two shifts in the emergency room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Kerry LaBarbera, an ER nurse a few miles away at Boston Medical Center, had a similar realization that same weekend, when just two patients with COVID-19 came through her unit, one of the busiest in New England. Massachusetts and the rest of New England — the most heavily vaccinated region in the U.S. — are giving the rest of the country a possible glimpse of the future if more Americans get their shots.news.yahoo.com
Legion official resigns over censored Memorial Day speech
Memorial Day Speech Silenced In this frame grab from video provided by Hudson Community Television, retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter taps the microphone after organizers turned off the audio during his speech at a Memorial Day ceremony, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Hudson, Ohio. American Legion leaders in Ohio also suspended the post's charter and are taking steps to close it. But organizers of the ceremony in Hudson, Ohio, said that section of the speech was not relevant to the program’s theme of honoring the city’s veterans. Cindy Suchan, chair of the Memorial Day parade committee and president of the Hudson American Legion Auxiliary, said this week that either she or Jim Garrison, adjutant of the American Legion Post 464, turned down the audio, the Akron Beacon Journal reported. Garrison resigned his leadership position a day after the state organization demanded he step down, said Roger Friend, department commander for the Ohio American Legion.wftv.com
Audio cut in speech on Black people’s role in Memorial Day
Memorial Day Speech Silenced In this frame grab from video provided by Hudson Community Television, retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter taps the microphone after organizers turned off the audio during his speech at a Memorial Day ceremony, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Hudson, Ohio. Organizers of the ceremony turned off Kemter's microphone when he began talking about how freed Black slaves had honored fallen soldiers soon after the Civil War. Retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter said he included the story in his speech because he wanted to share the history of how Memorial Day originated. But organizers of the ceremony in Hudson, Ohio, said that part of the speech was not relevant to the program's theme of honoring the city's veterans. “We salute LTC Kemter’s service and his moving remarks about the history of Memorial Day and the important role played by Black Americans in honoring our fallen heroes.wftv.com
Audio cut in speech on Black people’s role in Memorial Day
HUDSON, Ohio — (AP) — Organizers of a Memorial Day ceremony turned off a speaker’s microphone when the former U.S. Army officer began talking about how freed Black slaves had honored fallen soldiers soon after the Civil War. Retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter said he included the story in his speech because he wanted to share the history of how Memorial Day originated. But organizers of the ceremony in Hudson, Ohio, said that part of the speech was not relevant to the program's theme of honoring the city's veterans. In the days before the ceremony, Suchan said she reviewed the speech and asked him to remove certain portions. Kemter said he didn't see the suggested changes in time to rewrite the speech and talked with a Hudson public official who told him not to change it.wftv.com
Veteran’s mic turned off as he detailed Blacks’ role in founding Memorial Day
Retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter’s 11-minute speech was quieted in what he thought was a serious technical glitch. An Ohio veteran mentioning the role freed Black people played in the founding of Memorial Day found his speech somewhat silenced during a holiday ceremony this week. Retired Army Lt. Col. Barnard Kemter‘s microphone was cut off while giving the keynote address Monday at Markillie Cemetery in Hudson, Ohio as he began to share a story about how former enslaved Black people were the first to honor deceased Union soldiers after the end of the Civil War, the origins of Memorial Day.news.yahoo.com
2 charged in Miami Beach; no arrests in other shootings
Police have charged two suspects with attempted murder in a shooting that wounded two people on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach, but suspects remained elusive Wednesday in two other attacks that left more people dead and wounded in Miami over the Memorial Day weekend. According to arrest reports, Wisdom Awute, 21, and Christopher Urena, 29, both face charges of attempted first-degree murder with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault. Both were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where one remains in critical condition and the other was treated and released.news.yahoo.com
Florida boating is deadlier and holiday waters were packed. Cops were ready for the worst
Police were out on the water in full force across South Florida over the long Memorial Day weekend. They were looking for safety violations, hazards, impaired boaters, anything that could get people hurt or killed.news.yahoo.com
Storms likely Sunday; Is this finally the start of the wet season?
The wet season. Its start is defined when cold fronts stop moving through and those daily afternoon storms Floridians are familiar with begin. The Sunshine State has been waiting for the wet season after the dry stretch most of the region has gone through. Down the pipeline, there looks to be major relief for your crunchy lawn.
Biden marks vaccine progress, thanks troops ahead of holiday
President Joe Biden started the Memorial Day weekend by visiting a rock climbing gym in northern Virginia as the state lifted all COVID-19 distancing and capacity restrictions at private businesses and much of the nation pushes toward a greater sense of normalcy.
Spring break visitors starting to return to Brevard, but not in pre-pandemic numbers
It’s almost like pre-pandemic spring break, says Thompson. Another sign that spring break tourism is rebounding is the passenger figures at Orlando International Airport, traditionally one of the nation’s busiest airports during spring break. AdSoft national numbersNationally, however, spring break tourism demand remains soft. Despite the nationwide progress on COVID-19 vaccines, spring break travel intentions actually appear to be dropping. The 12.4% who plan to travel for spring break is down from 16% the week prior, the poll by Destination Analysts found.
Minneapolis to spend $6.4M to recruit more police officers
The city of Minneapolis will spend $6.4 million to hire dozens of police officers, at a time when some City Council members and activist groups have been advocating to replace the police department in the wake of Floyds death. The City Council voted unanimously Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, to approve the additional funding, which police requested. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)MINNEAPOLIS – Minneapolis is planning to spend $6.4 million to hire dozens of police officers, at a time when some City Council members and activist groups have been advocating to replace the police department following George Floyd’s death. The City Council voted unanimously Friday to approve the additional funding that police requested. Floyd’s death sparked protests and led to a nationwide reckoning on race.
Asia Today: South Korea tightens restrictions to fight virus
South Korea says it will tighten social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area and some parts of eastern Gangwon province to try to suppress a coronavirus resurgence there. The country has been experiencing a steady increase in virus infections since it relaxed its social distancing guidelines last month. South Korea added 230 more virus cases on Tuesday, raising the country’s total to 28,998 since the pandemic began, including 494 deaths. In other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:— India's number of new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours dropped to 29,164 new infections, continuing a downturn. The city reported 3,797 new coronavirus cases and 99 fatalities in the past 24 hours, fewer than last week’s daily average of nearly 7,000 cases.
The Latest: 6-day lockdown ordered in South Australia state
Officials announced the severe move Wednesday after a cluster of new coronavirus cases grew to 22. Larry Hogan is imposing limits for operating hours and capacity of businesses amid a surge in coronavirus cases. The seven-day average number of new daily cases is above 1,400 for the first time since early August. The first-term Democrat said Tuesday that he hopes the limits will help curb soaring coronavirus cases in the state. Seven-day rolling averages of daily cases increased from 1,311 on Nov. 2 to 2,459 on Monday.
Maitland Holocaust Center exhibit captures reaction to George Floyd’s death
MAITLAND, Fla. – The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center opened a new exhibit called “Uprooting Prejudice: Faces of Change” -- a tribute to George Floyd, the man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day. I knew that I wanted to go to that site,” Noltner explained. | CDC gives guidance on Thanksgiving | Astronauts prepare for Saturday launch]Just days after Floyd’s death, Noltner came to the site where dozens were gathering. The exhibit shows 45 strangers, each portrait shows a message in English and Spanish. One of the portraits shows the father of Michael Brown Jr, who was fatally shot by a police officer in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.
‘It just didn’t work out:’ Orlando leaders learn lesson after big Halloween crowds
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says a pilot program to help alleviate the expected big crowds in downtown Orlando on Halloween night didn’t work. Instead, he said tens of thousands of costumed crowds packed the downtown area in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. “We were trying to do what was right and it just didn’t work out better,” Dyer said Monday. “The situation in the data is very similar to where we were before Memorial Day and that concerns me,” Pino said. “Lesson learned is we did that kind of as a pilot and we won’t be doing it again,” Dyer said.
Florida reports 1,823 new COVID-19 cases, 44 deaths after hopeful Labor Day weekend
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic will likely deter some seasonal residents from flocking to the Sunshine State, but its too early to tell. The U.S. had about 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases around Memorial Day, before backyard parties and other gatherings contributed to a summertime surge. Here are three things to know about the virus for Sept. 8:Floridas tourism leaders are hopeful after a busy Labor Day weekend. With the steady decline of numbers in Florida, of course, that helps a lot, and once more emphasizes Florida is a No. Golfview Elementary School will remain closed until Sept. 14 due to coronavirus cases connected to the school.
The Summer of COVD-19 ends with health officials worried
Many Labor Day parades marking the unofficial end of summer were called off, and masks were usually required at the few that went on. "Please, please do not make the same mistakes we all made on Memorial Day weekend. The U.S. had about 1.6 million confirmed COVID-19 cases around Memorial Day, before backyard parties and other gatherings contributed to a summertime surge. It was their first trip out of state since COVID-19 started spreading. They had time off because the Labor Day weekend fair where they typically sell concessions canceled this year.
July Fourth weekend will test Americans' discipline
In hard-hit South Florida, beaches from Palm Beach to Key West will be shut down for the Fourth of July holiday weekend. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)The U.S. headed into the Fourth of July weekend with many parades and fireworks displays canceled, beaches and bars closed, and health authorities warning that this will be a crucial test of Americans' self-control that could determine the trajectory of the surging coronavirus outbreak. The fear is that a weekend of crowded pool parties, picnics and parades will fuel the surge. The warnings were sounded after a Memorial Day weekend that saw many people emerge from stay-at-home orders to go to the beach, restaurants and family gatherings. Dr. Don Williamson, head of the Alabama Hospital Association, said he is really, really worried about the Fourth of July."