The mournful sound of buglers playing taps and the cadence of marchers in Memorial Day parades helped Americans remember those who died fighting for their country, while beaches and parks were packed with holiday revelers.
A sea of fluttering American flags marked the 72,000 graves at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Ore. Officials planned ceremonies of remembrance Monday at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and at the Vietnam Memorial.In Gettysburg, Pa., Gen. William Westmoreland, commander of U.S. troops in Vietnam during the war, planned to speak after a parade honoring soldiers who died in the Civil War battle 125 years ago this summer.
In Omaha, Neb., a brass band planned to wend its way through a pioneer cemetery to salute a 19th century madam called "the hooker with a heart of gold."
And on Attu Island, Alaska, Americans and Japanese erected a monument that was to be dedicated to the soldiers from both sides of the Pacific who died there _ the site of the only World War II battle fought on North American soil.
Temperatures in the 80s lured hundreds of thousands of sunbathers to beaches from Massachusetts to South Carolina.
"It's like the people are saying, `Welcome to summer,"' said police Sgt. William Selig of Rockport, Mass. "It's like this until the cold weather comes. In a few months we'll be looking forward to fall."