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NEWS
May 18, 2011 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
One of Hawaii’s most dramatic annual celebrations will begin at sunset on Memorial Day, when more than 3,000 candle-lighted lanterns will be floated on the water, illuminating the ocean off Magic Island at Honolulu’s Ala Moana Beach Park. The ceremony, which draws more than 40,000 people annually, honors the dead, with the lanterns bearing individual and community remembrances and prayers. The free event, called the Lantern Floating Hawaii Ceremony, is sponsored by the Na Lei Foundation and officiated by Shinnyo-en, a Buddhist group.
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NATIONAL
May 27, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Ain't no sunshine till Beryl's gone: Tropical Storm Beryl is set to drench parts of Florida and Georgia for Memorial Day as the storm makes landfall this afternoon and tonight. National Weather Service  forecasters predicted Sunday that winds could reach up to 65 mph.  “Gusts to hurricane force are possible over portions of northeastern Florida and southeastern Georgia tonight,” the weather service said Sunday.  The weather service also expects three to six inches of rain to accumulate from northern Florida to southeastern North Carolina.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2013 | By Brittany Woolsey
With tears in her eyes but pride in her face, Abby Beck stood at Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary in Newport Beach on Saturday. "It's an honor being here," said Beck, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. "You just really realize how important this is, and how great the luxuries and freedoms that we have are. Being a veteran made me realize how important those things are and how lucky we are to have them. " Newport Beach resident Beck and her son Levi, 7, helped place more than 250 American flags on the grave sites of fallen soldiers, as part of Costa Cub Scouts Pack 108's Memorial Day commemoration.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and a three-day reprieve in a long list of five-day (or more) workweeks. Here, we round up five suggestions for a Southern California holiday of art, theater and music. 24HR Chance-A-Thon Chance Theater presents 24 hours of nonstop performances starting Friday at 7 p.m., including theater, music, magic and tap-dance to benefit the company. The rotating series of shows includes a mini cabaret, a new one-act based on tales from cubicles, cover bands performing classic songs from the 1950s to the '80s, tales of Craigslist missed connections and a coming-of-age story told via musical journal entries set to go on at 4 a.m. Chance Theater, 5552 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills.
OPINION
May 29, 2010 | Tim Rutten
The Senate Armed Services Committee and the House guaranteed that this will be a particularly poignant Memorial Day when they voted Thursday to repeal the law that bars openly gay and lesbian Americans from serving in our volunteer military. The lawmakers approved an amendment to the annual defense authorization bill that repeals the perverse "don't ask, don't tell" policy that has been in force since 1993. The full Senate will consider the bill next month. The theory behind "don't ask, don't tell" was that gays and lesbians would be allowed to volunteer for military service so long as they kept their sexual orientation sufficiently secret.
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