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Kick-off to summer

By Lester Holt, NBC News anchor

Greetings on this getaway Friday. The price of gas is going up -- though isn't anywhere close to last year's eye watering highs, and so a lot of folks will be back in their cars this Memorial Day weekend. Flying has also become a reasonable option with plenty of bargains, and cheap hotel rooms to be had. The only fly in the holiday ointment (or barbecue) may be the weather. It could be a show stopper in some parts of the country. Tom Costello will wrap up the holiday travel picture tonight.

President Obama, who yesterday vigorously defended his plans to close the Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention center, followed up today with another speech on national security. He spoke to graduating cadets at the U.S. Naval Academy today. Our Chuck Todd will have more on that.

And we've got a great story tonight from Jim Miklaszewski about a program that is giving badly disfigured war veterans a chance to live a more normal life.

Brian is off tonight. I'll look for you this evening on NBC Nightly News.