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.
Adding to his momentum in the Republican race for President, Donald Trump won an easy victory in the Palmetto State, while Marco Rubio edged his way past Ted Cruz into second place.
The GOP field also shrank, as Jeb Bush announced he would drop out of the Republican race. He finished far back in fourth.
Here is how did the South Carolina results impact each Republican candidate:
DONALD TRUMP – For Trump, the outcome could not have been much better. He won by 10 percent. His attacks neutered Ted Cruz in a state where Cruz backers thought they could win. Trump is now in a very strong position, with lots of momentum going into Nevada next week and the Super Tuesday states on March 1.
TED CRUZ – This was not a good result for Cruz. Yes, he barely was edged for second by Marco Rubio, but Cruz was not supposed to be in this position. He was the candidate who would win large numbers of evangelical voters and put together a direct challenge to Donald Trump. But it didn’t happen. Instead, the outcome raises all sorts of red flags about Cruz. Maybe there is not room in this race for both Trump and Cruz.
MARCO RUBIO – The endorsement of Rubio by Gov. Nikki Haley may have been what put Rubio over the top and into second place. Rubio not only got to celebrate a better finish than Ted Cruz, but the finish also knocked Jeb Bush out of the GOP race, which may mean a rush of donors and support to Rubio. While New Hampshire was a very bad night for the Florida Senator, South Carolina was very good, though he still must figure out how to stop Trump in March. This race may soon morph into one that involves only Rubio and Trump.
JEB BUSH – This past week was like a slow motion car wreck for Jeb Bush. I saw it with my own eyes in South Carolina. In a state that his father won in 1992 and his brother won in 2000, there was no magic for the former Governor of Florida. Now with Bush out of the race, that should give Marco Rubio the chance to consolidate support against Trump and Cruz.
JOHN KASICH – In the wake of his second place finish in New Hampshire, Kasich had hoped to do better than a distant fifth. His poll numbers bumped up quickly in South Carolina, but then sank back down in recent days, as he barely avoided finishing behind Ben Carson. Kasich is skipping Nevada and will focus on the Super Tuesday states, but in reality, he faces a difficult road forward.
BEN CARSON – After almost taking the week off in New Hampshire, Carson ran a regular campaign in South Carolina. His ads were everywhere on the radio, and it paid off with 7 percent of the vote. But that was still only good for sixth place. Carson says he’s not getting out of the race, as he immediately issued a schedule for campaign events in Nevada. But few see a future.
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.