About 33 million people nationwide will travel this Memorial Day weekend by car, according to AAA. Robert Sinclair, AAA’s Northeast region spokesman, said the numbers in this travel forecast are the highest the company has seen in the past 10 years.
“And we're thinking that because of the economy being better, with gasoline prices being cheaper, and with lots of folks having new vehicles, that's the reason we are seeing so many people traveling,” said Sinclair. “[There is] a lot of pent up demand especially after a long, hard winter.”
Today is Memorial Day, a day to honor the men and women who devoted their lives to serving their country in the armed services. Many ceremonies and parades are planned across the state.
Most of Rhode Island’s top lawmakers will be at the state Veterans cemetery in Exeter this morning. Governor Lincoln Chafee, along with the state’s entire congressional delegation plan to be in attendance. The President of the U.S. Naval War College will speak at the ceremony. Music will be provided by National Guard's 88th Army Band.
In cities and towns throughout Rhode Island Monday, people gathered at parades and solemn ceremonies to mark Memorial Day – the day set aside to honor soldiers, sailors and airmen who have died in the line of duty. At the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Warwick the day was dedicated to a single serviceman whose sacrifice was overlooked for decades.
State officials gathered this morning to remember Rhode Islanders who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Garden of Heroes, outside of the state capitol building. Gov. Lincoln Chafee, joined other officials to honor those who have fought for our country.
“It’s a day of memory for those who died in great service for our nation, and mixed in with the fun of the barbeque, and the family events," said Chafee. "I’m sure that everybody does pause at some time, to remember as they well should.”