Every Memorial Day, DC plays a cruel trick on veterans and their fanclubs as hundreds of thousands of people stream into the city to participate in Rolling Thunder, the National Memorial Day Parade, or the many other related events around town. And instead of some lovely spring weather, these poor people are assaulted by the first horrific heat wave of the season, complete with a blazing sun frying their pasty skin, and both an official Heat Advisory and Hyperthermia alert. I didn’t see anyone passed out on the National Mall, but I wouldn’t be surprised if many people got heatstroke today. After all these veterans have been through, do we really have to ask them (and us) to go through this kind of torture every year? Or is this our penance for benefiting from their sacrifice?
Please stay cool, bagpipe dudes!