Since the first days of the American Revolution, through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Suffolk County residents have had a long and proud tradition of offering themselves to the defense and security of our nation. It has been a story of ordinary men and women whose actions and selflessness helped to define this nation’s past and shape its present.
It is a history of unexpected heroes who answered the nation’s call to protect liberty and defend freedom where ever it was threatened. From battle fields of lush grassland to towering beachheads; from the open seas to desert sands, these men and women gave of themselves, not for fame, or fortune or personal reward but because they knew the true cost to humanity if they chose not answer that call to defend democracy.
On this Memorial Day, despite the absence of parades and limitations on ceremonies, let our gratitude serve as an honor to those who are currently serving and all those who never returned home. Fly your flag or paste a flag in your front window to show your appreciation of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. It is because of those who were, and those who continue to be willing to protect freedom at any cost, that we are truly free.
Suffolk County’s two ocean beaches – Cupsogue Beach County Park and Smith Point County Park – will be open for residents this Memorial Day weekend. Parks will be limited to half of their capacity and concession stands and playgrounds will be closed. Parks’ visitors are required to practice social distancing while at the beach.
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Suffolk County’s shoreline won’t be the only place to get outside this Memorial Day weekend. If you are searching for somewhere new to explore, head over to www.facebook.com/KaraHahnLD5 for parks that will be highlighted throughout the month for the annual “A Park a Day in May” challenge.
This year, all locations offer activities consistent with social distancing and focus exclusively on running/walking/biking/hiking trails. Trails are not designed for large gatherings and therefore tend to encourage individuals, couples and very small groups more capable of social distancing. These trails provide opportunities to get out into nature, spot local wildlife, inhale fresh air, witness spectacular scenic views and even exercise -- all while avoiding large crowds and cramped spaces.
The Long Island Region continues to make progress toward meeting the criteria necessary to begin a phased reopening of our economy. Currently, our region meets four of the seven metrics required for opening. To monitor progress visit: https://forward.ny.gov/regional-monitoring-dashboard.
Suffolk residents who have been unable to schedule important, but elective surgeries since the pandemic began are now being encouraged to consult with their physicians about scheduling procedures following the State lifting its temporary hold on these surgeries. In March, elective surgeries were prohibited to ensure there were enough hospital beds and medical staff available to handle COVID-19 cases.
Please remember, when out in public and social distancing is not possible to use a facial mask to limit the potential spread of COVID-19. For information on proper mask use, please visit: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/05/13105_covid-19_facemasks_flyer_050420.pdf.