Happy Memorial Day Weekend.
Memorial Day, which was officially declared into law as a federal holiday in 1968, is our holiday to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces. Prior to being a federal holiday, many people called it Decoration Day (my family included) and we spent time on Decoration Day cleaning up and mowing the family graveyard, recognizing those who served.
But for many people this holiday is the official kick-off of summer. And summer means travel - and this year apparently lots of it.
AAA anticipates that this weekend alone more than 39.3 million people will travel by car, air, rail or water to a destination more than 50 miles away from home.
39.3 million people on the roads, in the airport, at the train station, or at the dock with each other.
To put that in perspective - there are only 4.4 million people in entire Commonwealth of Kentucky.
This weekend should be a time when those 39.3 million people can see how efficient, safe, and modern our nation's transportation system is.
Do you think that's what those 39.3 million people will think after they travel this weekend?
I know what I think.
I think those people will see long lines at the airport. I think the will see miles and miles of overcrowded highways and roadways. I think they'll be stuck waiting in line for over-crowded transit services.
I think those 39.3 million people would have rather spent just a few dollars more per year for a safe, dependable transportation system so they could spend more time with their friends and family rather than being stuck on a highway or in an over-crowded terminal with millions of people they don't know.
But that's just what I think.
If you're one of those 39.3 million people traveling this weekend - please be safe. Slow down. Put your phone down. Buckle up. Be aware and have a safe, happy Memorial Day weekend.
And make sure you thank a Veteran for their service.
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