In today’s blog post, we’re highlighting three events that we expect to make headlines in May.
- During the month of May, Mental Health Awareness Month aims to promote awareness of mental health, fight stigma, provide support and educate the public on policies to support people with mental illness. With mental health concerns on the rise during and after the pandemic, this year’s message, “Together for Mental Health,” aims to bring voices together to advocate for mental health and support better access to care.
- May 25 will mark two years since the death of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin, the former officer who used his knee to pin Floyd to the ground in witness videos, was arrested on May 29, 2020. Chauvin was charged with second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds. On April 20, 2021, the jury found Chauvin guilty of all charges. He was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison.
- Memorial Day will be observed on May 30 in honor of the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. The holiday will also mark the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial honoring Abraham Lincoln. Construction of the memorial began on Feb. 12, 1914, but slowed in 1917 amid World War I. The finished memorial was dedicated on May 30, 1922.
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