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U.S. celebrates Memorial Day by honoring veterans

By The Associated Press

This article was published May 25, 2014 at 9:24 a.m.


Cub Scout Mateo Armijo, 7, with Pack 28 in Burlingame, runs with flags at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, Calif., on Saturday, May 24, 2014. Thousands of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts took part in the annual event to place 117,000 tiny flags on the graves.

NEW YORK — The nation is marking Memorial Day weekend with somber ceremonies, flag planting at cemeteries and parades.

In New York, a Marines Corps chaplain will give a sermon Sunday at the Marble Collegiate College in Manhattan.

Afterward, sailors, marines and Coast Guard members in town for Fleet Week will tie memorial ribbons on the church's fence.

There will be gold ribbons for service members killed in Afghanistan, green ribbons representing prayers for peace and blue ribbons for the people of Afghanistan.

On Saturday, Democratic congresswoman Tammy Duckworth served as grand marshal of Chicago's Memorial Day Parade. She lost her legs while serving her country in the Iraq War.

In Massachusetts, a Boston Marathon survivor and his rescuer helped plant tens of thousands of flags at a ceremony to honor veterans.


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