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Thousands in Champaign celebrate Memorial Day outdoors

Champaign-Urbana community members spent Monday outdoors celebrating one of the warmest Memorial Days in recent years. (WCCU)

Thousands of Champaign-Urbana community members spent Monday outdoors celebrating the unofficial start of summer and one of the warmest Memorial Days in recent years.

"Might be a little warm, but it's better than rain,” Champaign resident, Juanita Washington said.

The warm weather did not stop families from firing up the grill.

"It's a holiday that's important especially like for family time and with like being veterans in the family it's just important to celebrate with family,” Champaign resident, Alaea Francis said.

Champaign-Urbana parks and swimming pools were packed with families, as many celebrated to honor those who served.

"Memorial day is a special day for me because my uncle fought in World War II just as so many other veterans,” Washington said. “This special day should be an important day for anyone.”

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