Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer.  But do you know what it's REALLY about?  Because half of us don't.

A new survey found 57% of Americans don't know that Memorial Day is when we honor FALLEN members of the Armed Forces who died in service.

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A third said they weren't sure what the difference is between Veterans Day and Memorial Day.  And over a quarter thought Memorial Day was about honoring ALL veterans . . . which is what Veterans Day is about. Hey, I have guilty of conflating the two as well.

That said, 83% of us think it's important to do something to commemorate the holiday.  And we've got plans this year, even though 8 out of 10 people say they'll have to do things a little differently because of the lockdown.

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There are many ways you commemorate Memorial Day. By flying a flag . . . leaving a flag or flowers at a soldier's grave . . . attending a patriotic event . . . flying a flag at half-staff. You can also attend Yakima's Memorial Day Parade on Monday10am-12pm - The Memorial Day Parade is an annual event organized by the Marine Corps League.

Downtown Yakima

14 South 4th Street

The parade is open to the public and is free to participate. The parade route is along; Yakima Avenue from 6th Avenue to Naches Avenue.

All My Best,

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