Last year, President Joe Biden signed into law a bill declaring June 19, also known as “Juneteenth,” a federal holiday; this year it is celebrated today. June 19th is often considered the official end of slavery in the United States and the nation’s second Independence Day.
Today is Memorial Day, a day we honor our fallen heroes. But, today we must also honor all those who lost their lives last week in terrifying events in Buffalo and Uvalde. As grandparents, parents, daughters, sisters, sons, brothers, uncles, and aunts, we are at a loss for words. The emotions are overwhelming. The anger is penetrating. How can we help right now?