U.S. Honors Veterans Over Memorial Day Weekend

NEW YORK (AP) -
Riders participate in the the annual Rolling Thunder ‘Ride for Freedom’ motorcycle rally, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background, in Washington, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
Riders participate in the the annual Rolling Thunder ‘Ride for Freedom’ motorcycle rally, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background, in Washington, on Sunday. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Across the nation, citizens were marking Memorial Day with somber ceremonies, flag planting at cemeteries, parades and even barbecues — an American pastime that Petty Officer 1st Class Brian McNeal said should be enjoyed this weekend.

“I’m in the service so that they can enjoy that,” said McNeal, 39, who is stationed in Suffolk, Virginia, and is in town for Fleet Week. “They made the sacrifice so everyday citizens don’t have to worry about the evils of the world.”

Obama directed all government agencies in the United States to fly their flags at half-staff Monday in observance of Memorial Day.