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The 10 Best Indy 500 Finishes of All-Time

The Indianapolis 500 is the world's largest single-day sporting event. Approximately 400,000 fans will crowd the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend to watch "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" at the 2.5-mile oval track. While drivers average speeds well in excess of 150 miles per hour, sometimes the race comes down to the final lap. Here are the 10 best Indy 500 finishes of all-time:

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Dierks Bentley, Eric Church + More Reflect on True Meaning of Memorial Day

On Memorial Day, we remember our fallen American soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in all wars. These heroes fought for our freedom without selfishly thinking of what could be at stake for them and their families.

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Win McNamee/Cole Bennetts/Stephen Chernin, Getty
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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Memorial Day

Most of America might look forward to Memorial Day because it gives us a three-day break from our hectic work lives and an excuse to grill great gobs of red meat over an open pit, but it’s intentions are much nobler.

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10 Hilarious Barbecue ‘Fails’ for Memorial Day

As Memorial Day opens the gate to summer, we all begin to plan our outdoor activities. Most of us will find a reason to get outside for the long weekend and enjoy food, friends, family and some delicious beverages. And really, it wouldn’t be a summer holiday without some grilling.

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10 Moving Soldier Homecomings for Memorial Day

The service men and women of our country make huge sacrifices to fight battles on our behalf and keep the freedoms we hold dear. One of those sacrifices is being away from their families and loved ones for long periods of time. The only thing that makes this sacrifice bearable for most is the incredible sweetness of coming home, even if it is only for a short leave.

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8 Country Songs To Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend

Trace Adkins is paying tribute to the men and women in uniform for Memorial Day weekend.  His latest song 'Semper Fi'  focuses on the Marines and he says he took extra steps to make sure the message was authentic.  Trace even showed the lyrics to a group of Marines before considering it finished.  'Semper Fi' is on Trace's 'Proud to Be Here' deluxe edition CD.  Check out a video with the song and clips from the Marines.

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Barbecue Recipes for Memorial Day Weekend [VIDEOS]

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of barbecue season and will find many Americans firing up the grill this holiday weekend.

Part of the beauty of grilling is its simplicity. But that shouldn't mean you can't improve your grill repertoire or technique.

We've compiled a list of recipes and tips that can help you become a master of the open flame.

Check them out.

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Memorial Day Picnics Of Yesteryear

I remember as a kid growing up in Utica those long holiday weekends of summer, shivering at Green Lakes State Park on a cold Memorial Day, or if it was too cold for beaching it, off we would go, picnic basket and all to Chittenango Falls.

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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Memorial Day Parades

Today is Memorial Day, a time to reflect and pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our country. There are a number of local memorial services and remembrances, as well as parades being held today.

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Eight Heartwarming Videos of Soldiers’ Surprise Homecomings

On Memorial Day, we commemorate all the U.S. soldiers who've died while serving our country. With so many of our servicemen and women currently on dangerous overseas assignments, it's also a time to think about their sacrifice, and the sacrifice of their families back home.

In these videos, families of soldiers get the surprise and relief of a lifetime when their loved ones return home from duty unannounced. You'll really want to grab a box of tissues before watching.

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8 Great Summer Vacation Movies [VIDEOS]

While summer doesn't officially start until June 21, Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning to the hottest season at the movies.

Summer loses some of its meaning when you're an adult, since it no longer comes with a moths-long break from the grind.

Nevertheless, we can all still enjoy a good movie about summer vacations. After the jump, check out eight of our favorites.

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Memorial Day Weekend Observance

The unofficial start of summer is here - the Memorial Day weekend, the first of three long summertime holiday weekends. The state parks will be opening for picnics and swimming, backyard grills will be grilling, and most of us will get a three-day holiday weekend. Memorial Day (formerly known as Decoration Day) will be observed on Monday, May 30th and is a solemn day to remember those who gave their lives in  the service of our country.

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