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In nearly two decades of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Here is our brief tribute to them. Read more» 3

More than 1,000 service members from different branches of the military turn out to place over 250,000 flags for the annual Memorial Day flags-in event at Arlington National Cemetery.

More than 1,000 service members came out to Arlington National Cemetery in the predawn chill, hoisted backpacks overflowing with red, white and blue, and headed off through the endless rows of headstones to place over 250,000 flags for the annual Memorial Day flags-in event. Read more»

The long Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Here are some ideas on how to spend it around Tucson Read more»

Most city, county, state, and federal governmental offices will be closed Monday, including post offices and courts. Most banks and credit unions will be closed. Read more»

Transportation Security Administration worker inspects at passenger at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in February. The airport set records for passenger traffic on Feb. 13, when the Super Bowl and other events were in town, and it expects large crowds for Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day weekend travelers are expected to pack roads and airports at or above pre-pandemic levels this year, with experts saying that an estimated 42.3 million Americans - and about 887,000 from Arizona - are likely to travel, a 4% increase over last year’s numbers. Read more»

Memorial Day isn't just about tossing some burgers and hot dogs on grill and drinking cold beer on a hot, sunny day. Read more»

Since the Uvalde shooting, the gun whackos have blamed mental health, liberals, wokeness, trans people, critical race theory, socialism, video games, Democrats, doors, and everything else they can think of except guns. They have zero proof of any of that. Read more»

In the years following the bitter Civil War, a former Union general took a holiday originated by former Confederates and helped spread it across the entire country as an annual commemoration in which the nation honors its military dead. Read more»

Despite higher prices for gasoline, air fares and just about everything else, experts said they expect more than 39 million Americans to travel this Memorial Day weekend, an 8.3% increase over last year that almost brings holiday travel back to pre-pandemic levels.

Higher prices for gas, airfares and just about everything else do not appear to be holding back travel this Memorial Day weekend, which is “falling back to pre-pandemic levels,” and is expected to increase by 8.3% nationwide from the last Memorial Day holiday. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen at FEMA site in May 2021

Pima County is seeing an uptick in COVID cases though hospitalizations remain low, Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said Friday. She also discussed the county's plans in case of a monkeypox outbreak, and the distribution of free gun locks in the coming weeks. Read more»

More than 1,200 people, including about 1,000 members of the military and 200 volunteers, participate in the 'flags-in' ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, decorating graves in preparation for Memorial Day.

Almost 1,200 people, both soldiers and civilians, were at Arlington National Cemetery Thursday to take part in the annual “flags-in” ceremony, walking rows to place small American flags in front of the more than 260,000 graves in preparation for Memorial Day. Read more»

COVID-19 restrictions last year prevented volunteers from participating in many Memorial Day events in person, in Arizona and across the country.

Loosening health restrictions amid signs of a waning pandemic allowed many Memorial Day ceremonies scheduled this year to be held in person around the state and nation, including flag-placing events at the National Memorial Cemetery, and the Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemeteries in Sierra Vista, Marana and Flagstaff. Read more»

Cars and trucks pack Interstate 10 in downtown Phoenix in this 2018 photo. The COVID-19 pandemic quashed most travel last year, but experts say Arizonans are itching to travel this Memorial Day, as more people are vaccinated and the pandemic wanes. Many holiday trips will be in-state road trips, they say.

Travel experts say that with more people getting vaccinated and the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic easing, they expect the number of Memorial Day travelers to bounce back to almost pre-pandemic levels this holiday weekend. Read more»

Memorial Day traditions, like 'flag-in' ceremonies in this 2015 file photo from Arlington National Cemetery, were still observed at veterans’ cemeteries this year, but with socially distanced gravesite visits and, in Arizona, with online observances.

In a bow to COVID-19 health concerns, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services will be going online with the annual Memorial Day ceremony and related events at the state’s three military cemeteries. Read more»

A 2019 photo of a packed gym at Mountain View High School.

As we get older, Memorial Day becomes a kids’ holiday and that’s when we realize the true cost of war. It's a price Mountain View High School knows too well. Read more»

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