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Crowds Move To Beach From Boardwalk For Memorial Day

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OCEAN CITY, N.J. -

The long weekend is coming to a close, and for many that means the trek home from the shore.

The crowds are dying down as many people are starting to make their way back home.

Memorial Day turned out to be the best day in terms of the weather. It was bikini's and beach umbrellas packing the sand in Ocean City.

For many, it was a day to kick off summer. And for others, it was a day to reflect.

For the first time in months, beach reconstruction equipment sat idle. While huge Memorial Day crowds flocked to town to eat that first slice of pizza, ride that first ride and play that first game of paddle ball.

Seven months after Superstorm Sandy, most down the shore didn't know what to expect this holiday.

The majority said they were pleasantly surprised, adding that they were trying to support the local businesses by going out like the storm never happened.

Merchants said the enthusiasm was just fantastic, and it was exciting to be reopening.

Across town, it was a more subdued Memorial Day – a time to reflect.

Army veteran Bill Baj and his wife understand if it wasn't for the sacrifices, we may not have the simple pleasures of fishing on a sunny afternoon.

"We try to remember all these guys out there fighting for us and their freedoms," Baj said. "… I have two feet with toes on them. There's guys coming back today and girls, women, they are missing limbs and everything like that because freedom means that much to them."

The downside of Memorial Day? The traffic heading back home. At 6 p.m., FOX 29's Chris O'Connell is taking a live camera on the road to bring you a live report on traffic conditions from the Atlantic City Expressway.

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