While Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to relax, hit the beach and socialize with family and friends, it’s important recognize the real reason we celebrate the holiday. In his weekly White House address, President Obama is reminding all Americans to pay homage to our fallen patriots and heroes during this time set aside to honor their sacrifices.
“Every single one of us owes our fallen heroes a profound debt of gratitude. Because every time we cast our votes or speak our minds without fear, it’s because they fought for our right to do that,” he said. “Every chance we get to make a better life for ourselves and our families is possible because generations of patriots fought to keep America a land of opportunity, where anyone – of any race, any religion, from any background – can make it if they try.”
“Our country was born out of a desire to be free, and every day since, it’s been protected by our men and women in uniform – people who believed so deeply in America, they were willing to give their lives for it,” he continues.
As we celebrate veterans and military families this weekend, the POTUS added that he will ensure they always get the benefits and opportunities they earned and deserve.
President Obama proved that commitment by traveling to Afghanistan for a surprise visit Sunday. He decided to spend Memorial Day with the U.S. troops, where he told them that the American public “stands in awe of you.”
“For many of you this will be your last tour in Afghanistan,” the Commander In Chief said to cheers. He added that at the end of the year, “America’s war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end.”
“That progress is because of you,” he explained, “and the more than half a million Americans in the military who have served here in Afghanistan.”
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2. Newport, Rhode Island
For a relaxing weekend with family this New England coastal town is perfect. It has a wonderful blend of history and natural beauty. With peaceful outskirts & a beautiful downtown, you can fill your Memorial Day weekend with plenty of fun activities. Most importantly, the beaches are very family friendly, allowing you to set out a blanket and spend the whole day by the ocean. Travel deals: http://bit.ly/1qAg8bl
3. Montauk, NY
Montauk is the largest island in the Unites States. This leaves plenty of waterfront to enjoy your Memorial Day picnic. With summer temperatures in the high 70s during the day and high 60s at night, it is the perfect setting for a picturesque sunset dinner outside friends and family. Known as a more casual version of the Hamptons, it is a great place to bring children. Travel Deals: http://bit.ly/1g3NKtn
4. Hilton Head, South Carolina
Considered one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world, it is one of the best Memorial Day beach spots in the country. Designed with an appreciation for the environment, there is a pristine, warm and relaxing vibe that will make your long weekend feel like an island getaway. Travel Deals: http://bit.ly/SYqO4V
5. Chicago, Illinois
This Midwest city is full of beautiful parks & beaches all along Lake Michigan; perfect for the family holiday! And if the city beaches feel too crowded, families can always take a short drive to the northern suburbs which are full of quiet parks along the smaller, pristine lakes. Chicago is a perfect escape for Midwesterners wishing to celebrate the holiday with a picnic. Travel Deals: http://bit.ly/1hK5ANg
6. Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Lake Tahoe is perfect for a Memorial Day Weekend vacation. Right on the border of California & Nevada, it is the largest elevated lake-- instead of being surrounding by sand, it is surrounded by gorgeous mountains and trees, making it a picturesque picnic spot. Not far from large cities such as Vegas and LA, all you need to do is throw the family in the car and start driving. Travel Deals: http://bit.ly/1mn7XLb