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How do Americans celebrate Memorial Day?

Americans across the country are celebrating Memorial Day with remembrance events, barbecues, trips, personal reflection, and shopping.

Flag Lisa President Barack Obama took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

AAA estimates that about 34.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home on Memorial Day, a slight increase of 0.2 percent – or 100,000 travelers – from the 34.8 million people who traveled one year ago.

Shopping is the third most popular activity over Memorial Day weekend, with 43 percent of Americans hitting stores and outlets, according to a recent AAA/IHS Global Insights study. The study found dining was first on the list, 59 percent, with visiting friends and relatives second, 52 percent.

I’m spending Memorial Day visiting with my daughter and her family. We made potato salad, and now we’re eating watermelon.

I’ll also be working on my photos and remembering the past and loved one who are now gone – my parents and most of my aunts and uncles. I’ll also be remembering my uncle Frank Gilliam who died in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones on Memorial Day. 

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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