Big Year Anticipated for Blue Ridge Parkway
Memorial Day was first set aside by the Federal Government in 1866 to honor military personnel who died in the American Civil War. In 1971 Congress established the last Monday in May as the official federal holiday. Memorial Day also marks the unofficial beginning of the summer travel season and if the first five months of 2015 are any indication it good be a very big year for the Blue Ridge Parkway. So far the number of visitors is up 11% and spending is also much higher compared to last year. Leesa Brandon is with the Blue Ridge Ridge Parkway. She spoke with David Hurand.