Memorial Day, the day set aside to honor those who died in military service to the United States, is Monday. The practice of taking a day to honor the war dead began after the Civil War. More than 100 years later, “Decoration Day” became an official federal holiday known as Memorial Day in 1971. The day also marks the unofficial start of summer, and retailers are offering those first summer sales. Memorial Day ads Here are links to some in-store and online retail ads. (Click on the store name to see the ads and their expiration dates). Amazon.com Belk Best Buy Big Lots Home Depot J.C. Penney Kmart Kohl’s Lowes Macy's Michael's Rooms to Go Sam's Club Sears Starbucks Stein Mart Target Walmart Good deals Here are a few deals available to shoppers during the Memorial Day weekend: Amazon - Up to 70 percent off select items Best Buy - Up to 50 percent off phone cases and screen protectors Bed Bath and Beyond – 20 percent off one item in-store Columbia – 25 percent off select items Dick’s - Up to 50 percent off select outdoor equipment Gymboree - Entire store is $12.99 and under Home Depot - Up to 15 percent off grills and smokers JCPenney -- Take 40 percent off appliances Kmart – Up to 50 percent off select patio furniture, plus other deals Kohls - 12' x 30 Steel Pro Pool - $149.99 Lowe's - 30 percent off appliances Macy's – 20 percent off Memorial Day sale, plus free shipping at $49 Old Navy - Up to 50 percent off tees, shorts and active wear Pier 1 Imports - Desk chairs on sale - $44.98 Rack Room -- Buy one, get one free for sandals Sam’s Club - Night Therapy 12' Classic Green Tea memory foam full mattress and bi-fold box springs. - $299 w/free shipping Sears -- Up to 40 percent off appliances Target - Stok Drum Charcoal Grill - $99 Walmart - Costway 4 PC Patio Rattan Wicker Chair Sofa Table Set - $199.98
Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the country. Here are a few quotes about patriotism and freedom. 'A hero is someone who has given his of her life to something bigger than oneself.' -- Joesph Campbell 'A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.' -- George William Curtis 'All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can't do anything about it... Then you understand the horror of war.' -- Norman Schwarzkopf 'Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war.' -- Otto von Bismarck 'I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. ' -- Bob Riley 'Only the dead have seen the end of war.' -- Plato 'Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.' -- Mark Twain 'The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.' -- George McGovern 'The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth.' -- Stonewall Jackson 'The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's Tree.' -- Thomas Campbell 'These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.' -- Michael N. Castle 'They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation.' -- Henry Ward Beecher
A Florida family was just trying to enjoy their day at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens when they almost got hit with a huge surprise. A bonobo in an open enclosure threw part of a cement block at Diane Steen, her children and her friends, reports First Coast News. Watch the video Steen’s friend can be heard screaming in a video that was recorded at the time of the incident. Her friend rushed to protect her son, and the group ducked down to avoid being hit. RELATED: Texas hunter shows off prized monster bullfrog that’s way more bull than frog The women were concerned that their noise was to blame for the bonobo’s actions, but zoo officials have assured them that they were not at fault. Bonobos are not aggressive animals. In fact, the zoo explains that they’re very passionate creatures.
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning died Friday at the age of 85, his family announced on social media. Bunning had suffered a stroke in October, WCPO reported. >> Read more trending news Before representing Kentucky for two decades in Congress, serving terms in the House of Representatives and the Senate, Bunning played professional baseball from 1955 to 1971. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. Sen. Rand Paul posted his condolences on Twitter.
One man is dead and two juveniles are recovering from gunshot wounds following a shooting on Jacksonville’s westside. Police were called around 1:30am Saturday to Rawhyde Trail, off Jammes Road, in reference to a shooting. Three people were taken to a local hospital. According to JSO, the adult died from his injuries. Two juveniles are expected to survive. Detectives believe the shooting took place inside a residence. No arrests have been announced at this time.
The surge that led to victory Tuesday night in the Granite State for Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders were keyed by victories in towns such as this one in the southeastern part of New Hampshire, as voters sent both parties a message that they want to see something different in November.
Turnout was heavy across the state, and I saw that first hand at a series of polling sites, like this one in Stratham, where I chatted briefly with volunteers for Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump.
I recognized the Fiorina volunteer – she was staying in my hotel with a number of others who were working for Carly. Their long day standing in the cold did not really work out too well, as Fiorina would be out of the race 24 hours later.
Police were directing traffic in and out of the parking lot by the town’s municipal building, as there was a steady stream of people arriving to vote.
It was the same story a few miles away in Exeter, where the polls were humming as I stood outside for a half hour.
“I voted for Bernie,” said Melanie Shields of Exeter after she emerged from the polls. “Pretty much across the board, his issues are my issues.”
Near the end of our interview, I asked Shields if she had thought about voting for Hillary Clinton, if she ends up winning the Democratic Party nomination.
“It would actually be under duress,” Shields told me, as her reaction made clear it would not be her first choice at all.
I also went by the town hall in Newfields, another town where the parking lot was full and the local residents were scurrying in to vote before dinner.
I did enjoy the combination of the sign about the primary and the bake sale.
All three of the towns I stopped in to check on primary voting had gone for Mitt Romney in 2012 – by wide margins.
Now, all three of them were ready to deliver a victory to Donald Trump, who led John Kasich and Marco Rubio in Exeter, Stratham and Newfields.
When you think about that – it was a dramatic switch from four years ago to go from Romney and John Huntsman running one-two, to Trump getting about 30 percent of the vote.
As for the Democrats, Bernie Sanders won all three of those New Hampshire towns, at about the same rate that Barack Obama had outpaced Hillary Clinton eight years earlier.
As I was getting ready to watch the election results on Tuesday night and do live reports for my radio stations, I stopped by a local grocery store to get some supplies for the evening.
At the checkout register, the woman in front of me said that Bill Clinton had just been at the Exeter polling place – meaning I missed him by just a few minutes.
“It’s a good thing I didn’t see him there,” the twenty-something girl behind the counter said.
“I would have punched him in the face,” she stated with absolutely no hint of humor in her voice.
It was a fitting coda to my time on the ground in New Hampshire, a state that had played a historic role in 1992 for Bill Clinton (the Comeback Kid) and in delivering an unexpected upset for Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008.
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog.
A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.