Memorial Day: The unofficial start of summer and the barbecue season

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Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. We remember those who we have lost and appreciate the extreme sacrifices of family and friends.

Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. People throw parties and barbecues and, for many, it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

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