Memorial Day is more than a three-day excuse to go to the beach or take advantage of holiday sales. Take a break and attend an observance commemorating the real meaning of the weekend — This year’s observance at the Soldiers’ and Sailors Monument in Riverside Park pays special tribute to members of the US armed services who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The event begins at 1030 AM Monday with music by the US coast Guard Band, followed by a procession of veterans’ groups, including survivors of World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Riverside Drive at 89th St.
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