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Notable Memorial Day Celebrations

Those of us who are fortunate enough to enjoy a long Memorial Day weekend will no doubt be thankful for an extra day off, but we should try to not lose sight of the “reason for the season,” as it were. Memorial Day is a day for honoring the men and women who have died while serving the United States and its citizens. That’s a pretty big deal, and it’s very important to remember that those sacrifices transcend politics and our incessant quibbling about the state of government affairs. Our fallen troops did not serve along party lines – they served for the security and freedom of <em>the people</em>. In fact, they gave up an incredible array of personal freedoms to protect the ones we enjoy – particularly on long weekends. Since 1775, the year before this country’s inception, nearly 1.5 <em>million</em> soldiers have died fighting for home and hearth. So, if you have a spare moment, please take a little time to reflect on our nation’s heroes – the everyday folks who believed enough in America to show up, put on a uniform and do a dangerous job that ended in the ultimate sacrifice. And, if you happen to be in one of these areas, you can express your patriotism to the max: <strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> It may be filled to brimming with scheming charlatans, but it’s also home to some of the country’s most earnest patriots. There are numerous Memorial Day celebrations and parades throughout the city and particularly on The Mall, but Arlington Cemetery is also a fine place to pay respects. <strong>Erie, Pennsylvania</strong> Erie is well-known for its patriotic history, but 2013 will be bigger than ever as the town hosts the Perry 200 Grand Patriotic Memorial Day Parade. The name alone is enough to make you explode in a shower of red, white and blue confetti. The parade route is nearly 2 miles long and they’re expecting about 100,000 people to attend. <strong>New York, New York  </strong> More or less every big city has a Memorial Day parade, but New York City does parades like no other city in the country. They love parades and they’re exceptionally patriotic, and when you add it up you get a real taste of the Big Apple. Brooklyn’s Memorial Day parade is one of the oldest (celebrating its 145th anniversary this year) and the Little Neck-Douglaston parade in Queens is reputedly the largest in the city. <strong>Your Hometown</strong> The fact is, it doesn’t matter where you are and you don’t need a parade. All it takes is a few seconds to remember and say thanks. You’ll feel the difference inside and that’s what counts. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/">ATGStores.com</a> hopes all of you have an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.
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