Go Airport Shuttle Suggests Memorial Day Excursions
For Immediate Release: CHICAGO (April 21, 2008) — Memorial Day is usually the jump-start of summer travel, where families fly off for a three-day weekend of fun — but it is also a time to honor Americans who have given to their country in times of war.
The travel experts at GO Airport Shuttle, the nation's largest ground transportation company, suggest you can do both. Regardless of your travel destination, there is likely to be a significant memorial to visit over the holiday.
"Take the time to reconnect with America's history," says John McCarthy, president of GO Airport Shuttle. "It's a great way to honor those who gave their lives and helped shape this country."
GO Airport Shuttle polled its members around the country for suggestions on the most interesting and important war memorial sites in their regions. Among them:
- Lexington and Concord, Mass, Minuteman National Historical Park: This is where the "shot heard around the world" was fired, marking the start of the American Revolution in 1775.
- Gettysburg, Pa., Gettysburg National Military Park: Gettysburg is considered the Civil War's bloodiest battle. During the three days of fighting, roughly 50,000 soldiers were injured or killed.
- Honolulu, Hawaii, USS Arizona National Memorial: On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes attacked Pearl Harbor, sinking a dozen American ships, including the USS Arizona. The event brought the U.S. into World War II.
- New Orleans, La., National World War II Museum: Designated by Congress as America's official World War II museum, this attraction combines interactive displays, videos and stories documenting that period.
- Arlington, Va., Arlington National Cemetery: More than 245,000 people are interred at Arlington, including soldiers of all American wars, past presidents and former slaves.
- New York, NY, Ground Zero: This memorial (under construction) will pay tribute to those who were killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It reflects the awe-inspiring compassion shown in the aftermath and creates a place for learning about terrorism and its deep effect on today's society.
- Kansas City, Mo., The National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial: Opened in 2007, this is the first and only American museum solely dedicated to preserving objects, history and personal experiences of Work War I. More than 50,000 artifacts are displayed.
- Danville, Ca, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial: This site of recognizes a massive explosion occurring July 17, 1944, when munitions ships loaded for the Pacific Theater blew up, killing 320 men.
GO Group members provide a convenient, one-stop source for door-to-door airport shuttle services. Each year, its members transport nearly 29 million passengers to 110 airports around the world using a fleet of nearly 4,000 vehicles. Travelers can easily book ground transportation to and from both departure and destination airports through GO's Web site, www.goairportshuttle.com.
Contact: Judi Schindler