United States – Scott #5066 (May 30, 2016)

It is Memorial Day back in the United States, a day for remembering and honoring the people who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces observed on the last Monday of May. It is also considered the unofficial start of the summer vacation season in the United States, while Labor Day marks its end on the first Monday of September.

I had planned to put together a full treatment of the holiday for the A Stamp A Day blog. However, of our teachers passed away Sunday evening. I spent most of Monday coordinating with his family back in Canada, assisting them as best as I could over the long distant phone lines in this time of sorrow.

Even without this loss of somebody I considered a good friend as well as a colleague, my work has been quite hectic over the past month or so.  The new school year hasn’t even begun for about half of our schools (delayed from mid-May until next week although Monday is a newly-created national holiday for the birthday of the new Queen), yet I am busier now than in recent memory. I have not had much time at all to pursue philately. I don’t see that changing anytime in the near future but will make an attempt at another column within the next week or two.

In the meantime, I hope everyone enjoys today’s holiday and those to come.

Memorial Day cover from U.S.S. Texas – May 30, 1933