Memorial Day

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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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