President Trump will lay a wreath at Arlington cemetery and then visit a historic site in Baltimore-defying calls from the city’s mayor.
On Monday, the United States celebrates Memorial Day, established in memory of hundreds of thousands of soldiers who gave their lives for their country.
The holiday is also considered the unofficial start of the summer holiday season, but like so much else in 2020, the usual can turn into the unusual.
Across the country, flags are lowered at half-mast in memory of fallen military personnel, but this time, according to President Donald Trump’s executive orders, they are also lowered in memory of nearly 100,000 Americans who died from the coronavirus.
Among them are more than a thousand veterans who, according to the Ministry of veterans Affairs, died from COVID-19.
Trump plans to lay a wreath at Arlington national cemetery and then spend part of Memorial Day at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, where the historic battle of the war of 1812 took place.
However, Baltimore mayor Jack Young asked the President not to come. According to him, this will be the wrong signal in a situation when the mayor encourages residents to refuse to travel. Trump refuses to wear the mask in public, and Young says Trump’s visit is not for a good reason.