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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and people across the United States will spend this long weekend celebrating family and fun. But don’t forget to honor the fallen, as that’s what the holiday is really about.
1. Remember the sacrifices: Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have died in service to their country, and parades and other ceremonies are scheduled. Take some time to honor the sacrifices of our soldiers, and be sure to observe the national moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. local time. Tradition also says to fly the flag half-staff from dawn until noon.
2. Family time: Memorial Day also has become a time to celebrate family history, and many families spend time going through their family trees and telling tales of ancestors, especially those who have fought in America’s wars. Many families also take the time to read the Gettysburg Address or other historical documents.
3. Barbecue: As the holiday marks the beginning of summer, most people will be celebrating with a barbecue cookout or picnic, so make sure your plans are in place. Head to the park for some family fun, or join a party a friend or neighbor is holding. Just remember, have fun and be safe.
4. Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines: Sunday is the running of the Indianapolis 500, a Memorial Day weekend tradition. The Indy 500 is one of the oldest races in the world, and this year’s will be the 96th running. If you’re not one of the approximate 300,000 people heading to Indianapolis for the festivities, race coverage will be on ABC. For more information, go to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500.
5. At the movies: This weekend traditionally is a big one for movies, and the king of Memorial Day weekend movies – Will Smith – is back this year with “Men in Black III.” The PG-13 flick also stars Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin. Also opening this week are “Moonrise Kingdom,” a PG-13 movie from director Wes Anderson; and “Chernobyl Diaries,” an R-rated horror flick.
GateHouse News Service