We all love Memorial Day (this year on May 31, 2010)—three-day weekends, BBQs, trips to the beach, time with the family. What’s not to love? But how often do we actually take the time to absorb the actual meaning behind the day that allots us these luxuries? This Memorial Day why not pay homage to the courageous men and women who’ve given their lives fighting for the safety and freedom of the United States. Plan a historical vacation or outing that recognizes the events and people who made this country what it is today. There are plenty of places to visit and events to attend across the nation, but here are some ideas to get you started:
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1. The 2010 National Memorial Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol
Hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, the Memorial Day Concert will be held on Sunday May 30, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (EST) at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This year’s event will focus on three main themes: celebrating the lives of more than 125,000 WWI and WWII service members who were laid to rest in 24 military cemeteries in the foreign countries where they fought; commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korea War; and honoring the new generation of young military widows whose spouses died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For up-to-date information on the event, please visit www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert.
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2. The 37th Annual Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee
Enjoying jazz and saluting the troops. Can you get a more groovy Memorial Day weekend than that? With more than 450 sets of live music, the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee promises to be four days of great tunes, dancing and remembrance. Be sure to attend the Salute to Veterans at 10 a.m. at the Hyatt Ballroom in Sacramento. You will get to experience the music of the 101st Army Dixieland Band, the Jubilee’s only military band.
For up-to-date information on the events, please visit www.sacjazz.com.
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3. Fleet Week New York 2010
From May 26 to June 1, New York City will play host to thousands of military personnel from Navy and Coast Guard ships. The “thank you” to the men and women who serve in the armed forces is punctuated with plenty of fun and exciting events that the whole family can enjoy. The Memorial Day ceremony will take place on Monday May 31 on the Intrepid’s Flight Deck and includes a ceremonial wreath laying, a Three Volley Salute, the unfolding of a 100-foot American flag and a fly-over of military aircraft in the missing man formation.
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Not near any of these locations? No problem. Check your nearest city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau for details on what kind of Memorial Day celebrations they have in store. From street fairs to concerts to speakers and commemorative events, most locales will have some sort of event at which you can pay tribute to the fallen members of the United States’ armed forces.