WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut. (WTNH) — Communities come together on Monday to celebrate Memorial Day, a day of remembrance to honor the memory of the US military who paid with their lives.
The Connecticut Veterans Memorial in West Hartford hosts a ceremony late Monday morning to honor the brave servicemen who died defending national liberties. The ceremony will follow the parade, which starts on Farmington Avenue at 10:00 am.
For the first time since 2019, West Hartford will host a Memorial Day Parade.
The parade is just one of the many Memorial Day celebrations taking place across the state.
And since Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, many people will be back from their long weekend.
Despite rising airfare and gas prices, millions of Americans were absent from the city this weekend. Around 39 million people are expected to travel over the long weekend, with airlines reporting that travel is returning to pre-pandemic levels.
Triple A reported that about 35 million Americans drive for the weekend.
“Car trips are expected to be 5% higher, although drivers will pay more for gas this Memorial Day weekend than ever before,” Auto Club spokesman Doug Shoup said.
“Based on what we see on Memorial Day, we expect this to be a very active travel period during the summer. People just want to get out and leave,” said Andrew Gross, spokesman for Triple A.
Experts advise heading home before 11 a.m. on Memorial Day. Drivers can expect most of the traffic from 13:00 to 16:00.
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