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The Telegram
  • Five things to do this Memorial Day

  • Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and people across the United States will spend the long weekend celebrating family and fun.

    But don’t forget to honor the fallen, as that’s what the holiday is really about.

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  • Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and people across the United States will spend the 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, including a 9 a.m. parade in Mohawk, 9:30 a.m. parades in Dolgeville and St. Johnsville, a 10 a.m. parade in Middleville, an 11 a.m. ceremony in Frankfort and a 1 p.m. parade in Herkimer.
    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 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 Many families also take the time to read the Gettysburg Address or other historical documents.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 celebrate 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 hosting. Just remember, have fun and be safe.
    4: Travel: Tens of millions of Americans will travel this Memorial Day, but not as many as last year. According to the auto club AAA, 34.8 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home for the unofficial start of the summer travel season, a 0.9 percent dip from 2012. As usual most will travel by car, with roughly 31.2 million people expected to hit the road. That is a slight increase from 2012 and comes even as AAA predicts Memorial Day gas prices may be their highest in two years.
    5. At the movies: Memorial Day weekend traditionally is a big one for movies, and this year will see some popular sequels: “Fast & Furious 6,” PG-13, starring Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson; and “The Hangover III,” R, again starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and Justin Bartha. Also opening is the animated “Epic,” PG.
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