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What are you most looking forward to doing this Memorial Day Weekend?

Taking a trip out of the Capital Region 12% 89 votes
Having a cookout or going to one 19% 145 votes
Working on home projects, gardening 25% 189 votes
Going to a parade 3% 27 votes
Just relaxing 29% 217 votes
Other 8% 63 votes
Total Votes: 730

Note: This is not a scientific poll.

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May 18, 2009
12:26 p.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

Getting the kayaks out of the garage and into the water and doing some cycling in the Blue Mt. area. Love this time of year!

May 18, 2009
12:30 p.m.

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gonnamakeit ( gonnamakeit ) says...

Our family "opens the backyard{" with Memorial Day and "closes the backyard" with Labor Day. We've had time to get our karaoke voices ready (lol). It's gonna be a great Memorial Day. Hope the weather's nice out...

May 19, 2009
7:01 a.m.

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ChuckT ( ChuckT ) says...

Time to open the pool :))

May 19, 2009
7:29 a.m.

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bakeness8633 ( bakeness8633 ) says...

its gonna be a perfect weekend for an all day birthday party saturday and cookout. lets get the summer started!!!!!!!!

May 19, 2009
8:39 a.m.

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schdygrl ( schdygrl ) says...

I am going to work all day at my second job since I have the day off from my first! This isn't the America my mom was raised in! I’m sure my grandpa would be proud knowing he sacrificed his life for the world we live in right now. I will be sure to remember him on Memorial Day.

May 19, 2009
11:35 a.m.

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shaqfu ( shaqfu ) says...

All you people out need to be disciplined forget the cookouts,beer and fun go to the gym and train on the weekend a healthy body is a healthy mind dont ever waiver from the hardcore training,remember there is no fun in in life its all hard work and getting huge and i dont mean huge guts.So take it from me train hard treat yourself to a protein shake and thats all the fun u need on memorial day weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 19, 2009
12:13 p.m.

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nygirl61 ( nygirl61 ) says...

One of the days over the weekend I will be going to Saratoga National Cemetery to put flowers on the graves of the young soldiers recently killed in Iraq/Afghanistan. My father was a WWII vet, but my parent's graves are too far away for a comfortable day's drive, so instead, every year I go up to Saratoga. I feel I'm doing something patriotic on this patriotic weekend... it makes me feel good. When I was a kid, Memorial weekend was spent weeding and planting flowers around my grandparent's graves. We still had a cookout and had fun, but we also remembered what the day was really all about. God bless America and all those who have served in the armed forces to keep us safe and free.

May 19, 2009
8:49 p.m.

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GVilleResident ( GVilleResident ) says...

Lovely sentiment nygirl61. Bless you for doing that.

May 20, 2009
8:50 a.m.

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schdygrl ( schdygrl ) says...

Shaqfu- If all you think of life is no fun and your only goal is to get "huge," maybe you need to work on expanding some brain cells. Being healthy is part of maintaining a good quality life, however there are other aspects of life too. Spending time with family, working on relationships with children and or spouses, laughing and relaxing are all important parts of life and health as well.
You really ought to consider expanding your horizons. There is more to this life then just you and your body!

May 20, 2009
4:09 p.m.

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acostanzo ( acostanzo ) says...

Only nygirl61 seems to understand what Memorial Day is about.

May 21, 2009
7:46 a.m.

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annarondac ( annarondac ) says...

I believe most people understand what Memorial Day is about however, I don't think those who gave us our freedoms we enjoy today would want us to be sober minded all weekend. The question was "what are you most looking forward to". Thanking our soldiers and remembering them through out history this weekend is an honor. If you see one of our troops this weekend, buy him or her lunch, dinner or go up and thank that person for their service. You won't be disappointed.

May 21, 2009
9:07 a.m.

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stoddard ( stoddard ) says...

Memorial Day (Decoration Day) was created to remember and honor our war dead. It had nothing to do with a three day keg party.

The surprising thing about this poll is that it comes no closer to the real meaning of this holiday than perhaps finding a parade to attend.

May 21, 2009
10:15 a.m.

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upstateny ( upstateny ) says...

I'll tell you what Memorial day is not about. It's not about using a harmless poll to question people's "understanding" of the meaning of Memorial Day. Everyone in this great nation of ours should appreciate the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers. Men and women who died so that Americans would have the right to do whatever it is they like to do on Memorial Day.

May 21, 2009
11:04 a.m.

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teufel_hunden4life ( teufel_hunden4life ) says...

Memorial Day is about remembering those fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and CoastGuard's men and women who gave the ultimate sacrafice so that we can keep living our way of life and enjoy freedom. The great thing about this country is our freedom to celebrate our diversity. This means that not everyone will celebrate in the same way.
Some people may celebrate by lifting weights and being concious of their health, others will spend time with family drinking, eating, and being together. That's the beauty of this great country that the one's we are remembering this weekend fought and gave their life for.
If you only take five minutes out of your weekend to pay tribute (in whatever way you feel is appropriate) to our fallen Military personnel, you have successfully celebrated what this weekend is truly about.

May 22, 2009
10 a.m.

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xxeverafterx3 ( xxeverafterx3 ) says...

Memorial day IS about remembering those who have sacrificed for our country and fought for what they believe in. But that does not mean that we have to overkill the patriotism. Sure it's nice, respsectful and appropriate to visit the stone of a loved one that died for us, call that special soldier in your life, and take a minute to be thankful for all they have done for us. That doesn't mean we can't have a cookout to celebrate and go on vacation. We shouldn't have to feel guilty about enjoying ourselves and appreciating our freedom.

I agree with hunden4life, if we take 5 minutes to thank a soldier, call that special vet in your life, visit the cemetary or even pray and thank someone for our freedom, we have done out job as an American citizen.

I personally will be calling my grandfathers and thanking them for their service, and calling my brother in Afghanistan, and thanking him. Then enjoying a cookout, and traveling to Niagara Falls. What a way to spend the weekend.

God Bless America

 

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