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PHOTOS: Remembering Our Troops on Memorial Day

See How People Around the World Pay Tribute to Our Troops on Memorial Day

Originally posted 05/26/2014 01:30PM

To many Americans, Memorial Day means barbecues and the start of the summer season. But it's first and foremost a time to remember the men and women who have served our country, giving thanks to those who risk their lives everyday to protect ours.

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Brad Paisley Surprises Troops with Show in Afghanistan

Brad Paisley Performs Surprise Concert for Troops in Afghanistan

Originally posted 05/26/2014 09:50AM

In honor of Memorial Day, Brad Paisley thanked the troops the best way he knew how: with a song.

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A Memorial Day Tribute: Heroes We've Met over the Past 2 Years

A Memorial Day Tribute: Heroes We've Met over the Past 2 Years

Originally posted 05/26/2014 08:50AM

Memorial Day is a time to pay tribute and remember those men and women who died while serving in our nation's armed forces. And just as families across the country today are honoring those who have served and made the greatest sacrifice, we are also reminded of those who are still in the trenches, both in war zones and here at home

PEOPLE's ongoing series Heroes Among Us profiles everyday Americans who are going the extra mile to help neighbors and strangers, and the seven amazing men highlighted below – all retired from, or affiliated with, the armed services – deserve another round of applause for their inspiring acts of kindness.

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Spicy Burgers! Strawberry Pie! 13 All-Star Memorial Day Recipes

Spicy Burgers! Strawberry Pie! 13 All-Star Memorial Day Recipes

Originally posted 05/22/2014 04:40PM

Plan your weekend menu with mouthwatering dishes, desserts and drinks from Martha Stewart, Haylie Duff, Florida Georgia Line and more

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Tiger & Lindsey Take His Kids Jet Skiing | Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods & Lindsey Vonn Take His Kids Jet Skiing

Originally posted 05/28/2013 10:30AM

Tiger Woods and girlfriend Lindsey Vonn spent the Memorial Day holiday having some family fun in the sun.

The golfer and the Olympic skier, who announced their relationship in March, were seen riding the waves on jet skis with his two kids, Charlie, 4, and Sam, 5, on Monday in Jupiter, Fla.

The couple were previously seen hanging out on Woods's yacht but without the little ones, whose mother is Woods's ex-wife Elin Nordegren.

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Recipes: Memorial Day Drinks to Start Summer on a Sweet Note

Memorial Day Drinks to Start Your Summer on a Sweet Note

Originally posted 05/26/2013 05:15PM

If you're like us, you're still waiting for your invite to George Clooney's Lake Como villa.

Still, that's no reason to kick your summer off on a sour note come Memorial Day, the unofficial start of the season. And there's no sweeter way to say hello to sunny days than a fruity, frilly drink.

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Hear the Hottest Dance Music This Holiday Weekend

Avicii vs. Zedd: It's a Memorial Day Playlist Showdown!

Originally posted 05/24/2013 07:35PM

It's a battle of the beats!

They're both just 23 years old, but they're two of the biggest names in electronic music – and Avicii and Zedd gave PEOPLE.com a sneak peek at what they'll be spinning during their turntable takeover in Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend.

Kicking off one of the biggest party weekends of the year, Zedd (born Anton Zaslavski) will keep the music flowing on Friday, from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. at Mandalay Bay's brand new nightclub, Light.

"It is an honor to be the one to play for the opening of this club which will hopefully change a whole city," the Clarity producer tells PEOPLE. "We've been working on the concept for my show for so long now and tweaking our visuals and lots of performance aspects. I obviously can't say too much about it yet, but it will be a very unique thing in Vegas and in the whole world."

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All-Star Memorial Day Recipes

All-Star Memorial Day Recipes

Originally posted 05/22/2014 04:40PM

It's time to fire up the grill and tip back some refreshing cocktails! Plan your Memorial Day weekend menu with our mouth-watering dishes, desserts and drinks

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Katie Couric's Lemon Bars | Katie Couric

Katie Couric's Lemon Bars

Originally posted 05/17/2013 12:00PM

Katie Couric has done a lot of baking on her eponymous talk show, but there's one sweet recipe that stands out from the rest she's tried.

These lemon bars, seen in Nick Katsoris's Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook, are a "family tradition," the TV journalist says – and the perfect end to any summer meal.

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Melissa d'Arabian's Grilled Potato Salad

Melissa d'Arabian's Grilled Potato Salad

Originally posted 05/17/2013 11:00AM

No barbecue or picnic is complete without potato salad, and Melissa D'Arabian's is a winner – because she's a winner, of Food Network Star season 5!

Looking for a lighter option? Try turkey bacon instead of pork, or skip the mayo and let the vinegar and cayenne do the talking, er, flavoring.

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