There's nothing more patriotic on a Memorial Day weekend than seeing a member of the military come home from a deployment. Airman first class Stacey Hoff carried that distinction as she walked out of the airport with an American flag in her hand.
"I'm excited to be home," she said after her long trip back to Keesler Air Force Base.
Ferrell Kitchens, his wife and one other couple had a much shorter journey. The Georgia foursome flew just less than two hours for a four day holiday vacation on Mississippi's gulf coast.
"We just wanted to get away," he said. "We've all been working hard. And this is a good place to go."
Sky caps had an assortment of bags to load onto carts, and into trunks. On day one of the long Memorial Day weekend, Gulfport Biloxi International Airport welcomed almost 1,200 arriving passengers.
The list of arrivals coming down the escalator included Mike Love and the Beach Boys.
"The temperature is very conducive to enjoying the outdoors," Love said. "We're going to be out by the pool this afternoon while our crew is setting up the show."
The Beach Boys are just one of the entertainment options on the coast this Memorial Day weekend. They're making a return engagement at Beau Rivage.
"The Beau Rivage, awesome," musician Bruce Johnston said. "And I know I have a great view. And I think we put on a really good show. And I know we're going to help people have a great Memorial Day. But I kind of wish I was home."