Memorial Day is just around the corner and while we all love the extended weekend and unofficial kick-off of summer, we can’t forget that the meaning of Memorial Day is to honor those who have served and continue serve our country in the military. If you’re looking for places to visit this Memorial Day weekend, below is a list of the top 10 destinations to honor our military heroes over Memorial Day weekend as compiled by Hotwire.com. And we’re sure there are campgrounds close by.
- WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.: This Memorial honors the 16 million who served in the armed forces for the U.S., the more than 400,000 that lost their lives, and all those who supported the war effort from home.
- USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI: Those lucky enough to spend the holiday weekend in Hawaii can visit the USS Arizona, which is the final resting place for many of the ship’s 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941.
- USS Midway Museum, San Diego, CA: Dedicated to preserving and honoring the 225,000 young men and women who served aboard the USS Midway makes it a top destination for Memorial Day weekend.
- 9/11 Memorial, New York, NY: This newly erected memorial is in remembrance and honor of all those who were killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993.
- Battle Field at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA: An archaic piece of U.S. history, the Soldiers’ National Cemetery is where President Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863.
- Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA: As one of the country’s oldest cemeteries, it is the final resting place for more than 14,000 veterans, including those that fought in the Civil War.
- Granary Burying Ground, Boston, MA: Three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine are buried in this burying ground, which was founded in 1660. Also buried here are Massachusetts Governors, Clergymen, and Mayors.
- Washington Memorial Park, Seattle, WA: This is the oldest cemetery in Seattle. The Bonney-Watson family who runs the cemetery has been in the business of making caskets since 1861.
- Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, Long Beach, CA: After much adversity, citizens of Belmont Heights broke away from the City of Long Beach to build the pier on Christmas Eve of 1915.
- Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, VA: As the world’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg is the restored 18th-century capital of Britain’s largest, wealthiest and most populous outpost of the empire in the New World.
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Top Ten List gathered from Fox News.