Memorial Day

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Captain Shirley A. May kept her remarks brief Monday morning, but her message was clear. One of the best ways to honor the fallen this Memorial Day is by providing the best possible care to those who are injured. She encouraged those in attendance to live each day in gratitude for the gift given by those who have died while serving the country.

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Roads are expected to be jam packed this weekend with almost 90 percent of the more than 38 million Americans traveling by car. In Ohio 1.4 million people will drive to places like Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Carolina beaches.

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Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 10 marks each Memorial Day with a ceremony at their monument in Cincinnati's Eden Park.

This year's speaker was David Foster, First Sergeant, United States Marine Corps (Ret.). Foster enlisted in July 1980 and served multiple tours of duty including Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003; Operation New Horizon/Nicaragua 1999; and Operation Desert Storm 1990-1991.

If you're traveling for Memorial Day, you'll have a lot of company on the roads and in the air.  AAA is estimating more than 1.34 million Ohioans plan to travel this weekend, a 0.6 percent increase from last year.  The figure is 36.1 million across the country, a 1.5 percent increase and the highest number since the recession. Cheryl Parker with AAA in Cincinnati chalks it up to cabin fever.

Kate Sweeney, a producer for NPR, has just released her fascinating book, American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, and she’s on the phone with Lee Hay to share what she learned about visiting cemeteries on Memorial Day, green cemeteries, roadside memorials and more.

Taste of Cincinnati

Dubbed "the nation's longest running culinary arts festival," Taste of Cincinnati returns Memorial Day weekend for its 35th year.

Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Vice President Pat Sheeran says the annual festival continues to grow.

"Last year we set a record for crowds," says Sheeran. "And if Mother Nature cooperates, we're going to do it again."

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Each Memorial Day, Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter #10 hosts a ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial in Eden Park.

This year's guest speaker was retired Brigadier General Charles O. Dillard, MD who served two years in the United States Air Force and 20 years in the Ohio and Indiana National Guard.

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Just in time for Memorial Day, the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton is dedicating a wall of honor recognizing veterans and others who serve and have served our country.

The Legacy Data Plate Wall of Honor memorializes veterans and others with a military connection. Each memorial plaque is designed to resemble data plates on military aircraft but instead of model and serial numbers, there are loving remembrances.

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AAA is projecting a slight decline in Memorial Day travel.  The automobile association says 34.8 million people will be traveling more than 50 miles from home Thursday through Monday.  Last year it was 35.1 million.   The automobile association estimates 1,312, 559 Ohioans plan to travel for the holiday, also a slight decline from last year. 

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Cheryl Parker with AAA in Cincinnati said one reason for the decrease is the impact of the  federal government's budget sequester is starting to be felt. 

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