HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Working for the Weekend

Posted May 27, 2011 at 11:26am

Barbecues, beaches and Monday brunch — that’s what Memorial Day means to some.

But for Members of Congress, the long weekend may be a little more active, with ceremonies to honor fallen soldiers, intercontinental travel and, maybe, a few family barbecues.

We chatted with some Members to hear their plans for the long weekend.

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.): “I’m going to be in Bulgaria [for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting]. … I’m coming back Monday through Germany to go to the Hamm Cemetery, where George Patton and the 3rd ID were buried. We’re doing a wreath-laying.”

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.): “We just had a big tornado in my district, so I’m going to be going around everybody’s neighborhood, just sort of free-flowing, just checking in on people. I’m … going to go help people move some trees or chainsaw some wood and get people back on their feet. I’m going to bring my kids when I do it.”

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas): “I’m one of the speakers at a Commemorative Air Force event in Texas, so I’ll be with the folks at the CAF and the family members of the fallen. I did that last year, and it’s a particularly moving experience to be with the families who have lost loved ones.”

Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.): “I’ll be in a number of Memorial Day ceremonies and parades for our fallen heroes. … [Memorial Day] really is about being thoughtful about those who have given their lives for our country. So to me, it’s more of a solemn holiday.”

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.): “I’m going to be traveling [Pennsylvania’s 3rd] district. … We’ll probably do at least one family picnic on Sunday, probably another one on Monday. Usually [Kelly’s car dealership] is open for sales, but this time I’ll be traveling the district.”

Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.): “My brother and his wife are expecting a new baby any day now, so we’re hoping to have some big news soon. It’s also my wife’s birthday weekend.”