Memorial Day

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With summer unofficially starting Monday, the time of year for road trips is here. As a lot of people hit the road over the long weekend, safety officials are urging drivers to be careful not just for increased holiday traffic but for the whole summer ahead.

Not to rain on any parades this holiday weekend, but Memorial Day marks the start of the hundred deadliest days on the roads. With temperatures rising and school not in session, many families plan vacations this time of year and a good amount of them drive. More people on the roads means a greater chance of accidents.

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Memorial Day means holiday travel, and AAA Idaho says the number of trips in the state, and the country, are going up. Here's a preview of what to expect.

This Memorial Day weekend, more people will be traveling, especially driving. Some of the reasons are a lower unemployment rate, relatively low gas prices and the fact that the economic recession is in the rear-view mirror.

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If you’re getting in the car and traveling this weekend, you won’t be alone. AAA Idaho expects 176,000 Idahoans will be driving somewhere over Memorial Day.

Add in other forms of travel, and AAA expects 200,000 Idahoans to travel at least 50 miles over the holiday.

Field Of Honor: Remembering Idaho's Bravest

May 27, 2013
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Memorial Day marks a time to remember the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  This day happens every year on the last Monday of May.  This year, 600 flags fill a field in Eagle to honor those who have served. The “Field of Honor” opened May 18 and will stay open through Tuesday afternoon.

The annual Memorial Day ceremony took place at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery Monday morning. The Idaho National Guard 25th Army Band performed along with bagpipes from the Boise Police Pipes and Drums.