Word on the Street: How Are You Celebrating Memorial Day?

Word on the Street: How Are You Celebrating Memorial Day?
ESSENCE.COM May, 31, 2010

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Today is a national day of observance and a time to honor America’s fallen soldiers. ESSENCE.com hit the streets of New York City to find out how real people are celebrating Memorial Day. Read what they had to say.

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Age: 27
City: Brooklyn

“I have a brother who is in the National Guard so we usually have a cookout. When this time comes around it’s people like my brother that you think of.”

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Age: 25
City: Brooklyn
“I am celebrating Memorial Day and the coming of summer with good friends, family and food.”

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Age: 24
City: Brooklyn
“I am celebrating Memorial Day with friends and family. My uncle actually served in the Gulf War so we make the day about him.”

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Age: 25
City: Texas
“I am taking the time to spend quality time with good friends and good music.”

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Age: 26
City: Brooklyn
“People do not realize that Memorial Day is for the troops. Hot dogs and hamburgers are great, but there are people aboard right now fighting for our freedom. I am going to take time to reflect on them.”

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Age: 26
City: Long Island
“I am going to spend time with family and friends.”

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Age: 25
City: Long Island
“Remembering those who lost their lives for us and celebrating life with those who are still here.”

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Age: 20
City: Yonkers
“I value good conversation so I would more than likely talk about the historical significance this day truly has.”

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Age: 25
City: Long Island
“Church, family, food, remembrance.”

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Age: 25
City: Brooklyn
“I am celebrating with close friends, good music and good times.”

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Age: 24
City: Harlem

“It is a time for reflection. You know, it could easily be one of my loved ones fighting in the war or dead in a grave.”

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