"Silhouetted in the golden glory of a Pacific sunrise, crosses mark the graves of American boys who gave their lives to win a small atoll on the road to the Philippines. A Coast Guardsman stands in silent reverence beside the resting place of a comrade. 1944." (photo: National Archives)

It’s Memorial Day, where I wander around the neighborhood collecting cheezburgers.

Memorial Day’s always been a conflicted holiday for me.  A day dedicated to honoring those killed in action defending the country, and yet it’s the first big outdoor bash of the summer season.  Growing up, ’twas opening day of the swimming pool, and just about the last day of school – happy excitement.  Huge contrast to the death and destruction of wars.  TROOPS.HOME.NOW.

Washington Journal.

ABC’s This Week: Republicans: Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) and Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN).

CBS’ Face The Nation: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Chair of the DNC Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL).

CNN State of the Union: Memorial Day with Gen. Peter Chiarelli, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army; Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America; Tim Tetz, legislative director for The American Legion; Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee; and Dale Beatty, co-founder of Purple Heart Homes.  Then Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will update us on the Joplin tornado.

Chris Matthews: The Three Republicans With a Real Shot to Beat Obama. How Close is President Obama to the Troops?

Fareed Zakaria – GPS: Oil and the Middle East with Tom Friedman and Saudi Prince Al-Waleed.  Then President of the Central Bank of Kansas Thomas M. Hoening on where the Fed is going wrong.

Fox News Sunday: House business with Rep. Allen West (R-FL) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).  Then, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)Roundtable: Bill Kristol, Nina Easton, Byron York, Juan Williams.

NBC’s Meet The Press: Medicare and the 2012 election with Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  Followed by Democratic Policy Committee Chair Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY)Roundtable: Harold Ford, Jr., Alex Castellanos, Ruth Marcus, David Brooks.

Newsmakers: Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) discusses the latest in budget negotiations. Last week, he announced he was “taking a break” from the “Gang of Six,” the bipartisan group of Senators working on a long term budget to reduce the federal deficit and debt…

Q & A: Part 2 with David McCullough and his latest book The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris. “The book focuses on a group of Americans who spent time living in Paris between 1830 and 1900 to study, work, and further their vocation. By telling their story, McCullough shows the influence of French medicine, culture, art, and politics on the United States.”…

Religion & Ethics.

60 Minutes: Medal of Honor – Sal Giunta, the first living soldier to win the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War tells Lara Logan in an emotional interview just what he did to earn the nation’s highest combat honor and how the recognition makes him uncomfortable (2x segment).  A Relentless Enemy – The border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where a unit came under heavy and regular enemy fire from fighters the U.S. military says keep coming from their sanctuary in Pakistan.

To The Contrary: Topics: 1- Abolish Medicare? Or is it a scare tactic? 2- Conservative Christians admit to losing the war on gay marriage; 3- Fewer nuns and the effect on Catholic social services. Panelists: Global Summit of Women President Irene Natividad; Progressive Commentator Erica Williams; Conservative Commentator Dana White; and former EEOC Chair Cari Dominguez.

Univision’s Al Punto: Fabricio Correa, Brother of Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador; Ana Hernandez Luna, Texas State Representative (District 143); Francisco Sanchez, Under Secretary of Commerce of International Trade U.S. Department of Commerce; Aterciopelados, Colombian Rock Band.

Virtually Speaking: U of Toronto’s Brent Wood and journalist Kevin Wood take a look at Marshall McLuhan’s persistent influence.

C-SPAN’s Book TV: Tampa, FL.

FDL Book Salon: Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice.  “Their story is one of the most celebrated episodes of the civil rights movement, yet a full-length history has never been written until now. In these pages, acclaimed historian Raymond Arsenault provides a gripping account of six pivotal months that jolted the consciousness of America.” Come chat with Ray Arsenault and host mauimom, 5pm ET.

FDL Movie Night Monday: God Went Surfing with the Devil. “From first-time director Alexander Klein is an inspirational film that charts the difficulties and dangers encountered by surfers in Gaza and how a non-profit group would attempt to deliver 23 surfboards into the region. Along the way, Israelis, Arab-Israelis and Palestinians affected by the violence, speak candidly about their daily struggle to supersede the conflict through the pure joy of surfing.”  Talk with director Alex Klein and American surfer Matthew Olsen, with host Lisa Derrick.  8pm ET.