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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Memorial Day 

The last Monday in May is Memorial Day in the United States of America and since 1971, has been a federal holiday. Memorial Day began in the United States on May 30, 1868, following the ending of the American Civil War, and is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service.

However, in modern times, as Pat Ferrier notes in the Coloradoan, the holiday has become the unofficial start to the summer travel, camping, rafting and hiking season.

It is predicted that over 38 million people will be travelling in the US during the holiday weekend, around 84% of them by car. More than 4 million people will be flying to their destination and 2 million will be using the bus or train.
Apparently, holiday travel numbers are likely to hit record highs despite the soaring fuel prices.

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