Yesterday we reached a high of 87.2° with a dewpoint of 65 in Otsego. My wife and I sweltered in place as we haven’t had help to get our main air conditioning unit in the window as it is to heavy for me to lift alone. Help is on the way today as one of the kids is coming over to help. Luckily I did get the bedroom unit installed so sleeping was comfortable.
With air conditioning we are spoiled and I wonder how we ever got along without it. I never had air until the 1990s, we just made do with fans and survived. I guess we just sucked it up. As I got older the heat and humidity bother me due to a medical condition so cooler air helps in the summer months. I used to be able to work all day outside in the heat, now I get my work done in the morning when it is cooler.
Today we honor those who have fallen in battle to defend the freedoms we enjoy today. Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Veterans Day, which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces; and Armed Forces Day, an unofficial U.S. holiday (earlier in May) for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces.
On Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.
While we won’t see the parades this year due to Covid-19 we can still honor those fallen heroes in thought. Keep in mind this isn’t a celebration as many think as they break out the grills and beers today. It is a somber occasion.
It’s going to be warm and humid through mid-week, after which a cold front will move through and drop temperatures down into the 70s. There will be a chance of showers and thunderstorms through Thursday.