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 arrival of the month of March marked the end of an era on Capitol Hill, as veteran Associated Press radio reporter Jerry Bodlander retired after over thirty years in the business, most of that time covering news for AP Radio from Washington, D.C. and inside the halls of Congress.
“It’s been a blast,” Jerry said to a few dozen of his fellow reporters, producers and press gallery staffers who attended his sendoff in the U.S. Capitol.
“This is a unique place, where you watch history, sometimes come together,” Bodlander said, “sometimes quickly, sometimes very slowly,” he said to knowing chuckles about the work pace of the U.S. Congress.
Jerry’s voice was well known around the country for his news reports – usually no longer than 30 seconds – as he covered Congress and politics for AP Radio.
Many times, we found ourselves not only side by side at news events on Capitol Hill, but also out on the road in key states like Iowa and New Hampshire, at political conventions, Presidential debates and more.
Both of us loved the travel, and all the planning that went with it.
“It’s a major aspect of the job I certainly will miss,” Jerry told me. “Very few people get to do it anymore and we’ve been fortunate.”
Here we were at one of the 2016 Republican debates:
My first memory of working with Bodlander was in September of 1989 – both of us had been dispatched from D.C. to cover Hurricane Hugo, and we crossed paths in the airport in Raleigh, North Carolina.
It was my first hurricane assignment, and Jerry quickly gave me a few tips before I headed to the coast.
“Never let your gas tank get below half full,” he said, “and always keep food and drinks in your cooler.”
I passed that tip on to many other reporters over the years, as Jerry and I were kindred spirits when it came to the prep needed to get ready for a big story on the road.
For example, when we traveled to political events, there were some hard lessons learned along the way, and we made sure to never repeat the error.
“Never check your equipment,” Jerry and I would say in unison as we waited for yet another plane.
“You can always buy new clothes.”
Jerry’s final big political trip was in October of 2016, when we headed out to Las Vegas for the third debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
With his body clock still on Eastern Time, Jerry got up very early one morning, and drove over two hours to Utah, just so he could record a story about independent candidate Evan McMullin, and be able to have an actual dateline from the Beehive State.
Then he drove back, tracked me down at the press credentialing center, and gave me a ride over to the debate site.
As Jerry spoke at his Capitol Hill sendoff, he looked around the room and admitted that he could tell stories for many hours about those in attendance.
“Are you going to use the full 30 hours, Jerry?” said AP Radio colleague Mark Smith to laughter, as a room full of Washington reporters chuckled at the post-cloture filibuster joke.
“We’ve been on the road together watching some of these Senators try to become President, and all of them failing,” Bodlander said.
“It’s just been a blast.”
It has been a blast, Jerry. Hope to see you on the radio.
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.