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Ceremonies honoring the fallen begin; travelers hit the road for holiday weekend

POSTED: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 4:45pm

UPDATED: Friday, May 25, 2012 - 4:49pm

Gas prices are going down, just in time for the unofficial kickoff of summer.

From postcard picturesque Palm Beach to the Golden Gate of San Francisco, nearly 35 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more this weekend.

Nearly nine out of ten are going by car.

Of course, Memorial Day is about Americans who've made the ultimate sacrifice.

At Arlington National Cemetery soldiers placed American flags on more than a quarter million graves.

Vice President Biden paid tribute to the survivors of America's fallen warriors, speaking from the heart about losing his wife and infant daughter almost 40 years ago.

"There will come a day, I promise you, the thought of son or daughter husband or wife will bring a smile to your lips before a tear to your eye," he said. "You are not alone."

This will be an exceptionally poignant Memorial Day in Washington, as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

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