President Barack Obama observed during remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday that this year is the first Memorial Day in 14 years "that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war."
Alyssa Renee Ramirez was 18 and was homecoming queen, student council president, a cheerleader and a star athlete at Devine High School in Texas. On her way home from senior prom, her car was swept away by floodwaters and she died.
It was a nerve-wracking Memorial Day for U.S. air officials with multiple threats made against passenger planes across the nation. All have proved unfounded so far, but authorities worry about the disruption hoaxes like this can cause.
At last count, three people have lost their lives in severe weather that roared through Texas and Oklahoma this weekend. Homes were swept away and neighborhoods devastated. More heavy rains could make things even worse.