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Today, we remember and honor military veterans and all who died to keep America free.
Thank you to all who served and sacrificed everything in service to their country.
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On this Memorial Day, May 30, Americans grieve for the innocent lives lost in mass shootings across America.
In the most recent shootings, 21 lives were lost, including 19 children and 2 teachers, at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. And 10 people were fatally shot at a supermarket in Buffalo, NY.
This Memorial Day weekend - Saturday, Sunday and Monday - there have been 11 more mass shootings around the US. We remember those fallen who were not drafted into the military.
On Saturday, Vice President Kamala Harris called for a ban on assault weapons to keep high-powered, military-style rifles out of the hands of young people with nothing to lose.
But many fear an assault rifle ban won't be enough to stop the bloodshed.
As you enjoy your cookout and family gathering in honor of our military veterans, take a moment to remember the innocent lives lost on American soil, and take a stand to stop the sale of assault rifles.
Police shut down one of rapper 2 Chainz's Atlanta, Georgia restaurants on Monday, May 25, because it was packed with customers celebrating Memorial Day.
Police officers shut down Escobar Restaurant & Tapas on Monday night after noting too many patrons partying in the establishment.
Customers ignored all social distancing rules put in place by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
According to a police report obtained by TMZ, the cops "noticed that the location was rather loud, busy, and occupied to be operating as a restaurant at that time of night", and after speaking to Mychel "Snoop" Dillard, the restaurant's manager (pictured), the place was shut down for "violating executive orders regarding protocol issued due to COVID-19".
Escobar officials promoted the fun on Instagram prior to the police visit, posting video footage of people dancing, smoking hookahs, and ordering bottle service with no face masks.
The news comes a month after 2 Chainz and his business partner Snoop decided against re-opening the dining area at their Atlanta businesses after their friend, Mayor Keisha, pleaded with them not to reopen.
2 Chainz and Snoop wanted to take advantage of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp's relaxed coronavirus restrictions to kick-start the economy after a weeks-long shutdown, against the advice of Mayor Keisha and many medical experts.
The rapper eventually re-opened the restaurant in early May because they were losing revenue.
An argument between two men at a Kroger gas station in Kentucky ended when one man was shot multiple times over the Memorial Day weekend.
Dayshawn Tolbert, 37, of Louisville, was fatally shot while arguing with another man at the Kroger gas station at South 28th Street and West Broadway, around 3:30 p.m. Sunday.
The shooting was captured on cellphone video by multiple witnesses who uploaded the videos to social media.
One video shows two men arguing at a gas pump. Three shots ring out after the victim threatened to take the shooter's gun.
"I will sleep you and take your gun," Tolbert said while walking towards the gunman.
Louisville Metro Police Department officers and medics responded to the scene and performed CPR on the dying man.
Tolbert was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to the chest at University of Louisville Hospital, according to the Jefferson County Coroner’s office.
Kroger released a statement about the fatal shooting on Sunday.
"We are saddened by the shooting incident that occurred around 3:30 p.m. today at our West Broadway store, and our team is thankful for the quick response of the LMPD," the company said. "We are cooperating with law enforcement and assisting with their investigation."
The company said the West Broadway Kroger has been closed and "will reopen after the investigation concludes."
LMPD's homicide unit is investigating the shooting. There are no suspects.
Despite stay-at-home orders in some states, the U.S. saw its deadliest Memorial Day weekend in years.
10 people were killed and 24 wounded in shootings in Chicago. And at least 19 were shot and 4 dead in Missouri over the Memorial Day weekend.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden left their Delaware home to lay a wreath at Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran's Memorial Park on Memorial Day in the U.S.
It was the 77-year-old senator's first appearance in public since the coronavirus lockdowns began in March.
The presumptive Democratic nominee and his wife paid their respects to fallen service members in Newcastle, Delaware on Monday, May 25.
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The Bidens dressed in black with matching black face coverings. Biden wore black aviator sunglasses. A small crowd gathered to observe the Bidens as they left the memorial park.
In neighboring Maryland, U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump lay a wreath for fallen soldiers at Baltimore's Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
"To every Gold Star Family here today and all across our land, our debt to you is infinite and everlasting. We stand with you today and all days to come," the president said in his prepared speech.
Earlier Monday, President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Hundreds of partiers showed up at a pool party at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri amid the coronavirus pandemic this Memorial Day weekend.
A reporter posted video on Twitter.com showing a crowded pool party at Ozarks Lake on Saturday.
Scott Pasmore, an anchor for CNN affiliate KTVK, shot the drone video footage, MSN.com reported. "No covid concerns at the lake of the ozarks," he captioned the video.
The pool party violates social distancing guidelines and other precautionary measures.
The Lake of the Ozarks expected a large turnout despite the lockdown order in Missouri.
"It's supposed to be one of the biggest Memorial Day weekends we've seen at the lake here in years," Bill Morgan, manager of Robins Resort in Lake of the Ozarks, told KTVI earlier this week.
Missouri confirmed 11,800 COVID-19 cases with 680 deaths since February.
President Trump ordered governors to reopen churches in states where church services are banned. Open the churches, or I will, he said in a tersely-worded statement on Friday.
In his daily coronavirus press conference, Trump declared all churches should open for Memorial Day weekend. He said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance to governors declaring places of worship "an essential part of life," allowing them to reopen as of this weekend.
He said if governors had any questions they could call him at the White House, but they're not going to be successful changing his mind.
Trump made it clear that if governors refused to open the churches, he would "override the governors."
Trump added: "In America we need more prayer -- not less!"
Watch Trump's press conference below.
Question: do you plan to attend church services this weekend?
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