Voice of the People: Memorial Day at Dillard's BBQ

At Dillard's Bar-B-Q — a popular soul food restaurant in Durham, N.C. — we take a sample of public opinion on the meaning of Memorial Day.

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Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for those who died in our nation's service. But not everyone uses the day to reflect on those fallen soldiers. We went to Durham, North Carolina, and asked people outside of Dillard's Bar-B-Que, a popular soul food restaurant in the city: What does Memorial Day mean to you?

Mr. JOHN VERBAL(ph) (Durham Resident): My name is John Verbal, and Memorial Day, when I think about it, means family.

Mr. RANDY JOHNSON (Dillard's Bar-B-Que): My name's Randy Johnson. I work up here at Dillard's Bar-B-Que, and basically Memorial Day is just another day to me, another day I, you know, get to spend with my family. That's all that matters to me.

Ms. JANICE GREENE (Durham Resident): My name is Janice Greene, and Memorial Day is a day to celebrate for all of the wounded veterans, military men, saving our lives. And I will be headed towards the beach for the holiday.

Mr. MICHAEL GREENE (Durham Resident): My name is Michael Greene, and Memorial Day is a time for us to give honor to those who have died to defend this country, just give respect that's due to our fallen heroes, and I plan to spend it just kind of laid back, maybe enjoy some sports on television.

GLORIA(ph) (Durham Resident): My name is Gloria, and even though I have to work on that day, it's still a family day. We always get together and enjoy ourself. And it also about the veterans, too.

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