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Memorial Day: A Nation Remembers Veterans’ Sacrifices

The nation remembers its fallen soldiers on Memorial Day.

Earl Granville walks through Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery on May 29, 2017. A member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, Granville was deployed to Afghanistan with the 1/109th Infantry Regiment in December 2007 when he lost his left leg to a roadside bomb. Granville now works with Operation Enduring Warrior and participated in the final 10 miles of the Ruck to Remember, a 60 mile hike from Harpers Ferry to the cemetery.

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An unidentified man reflects at the gravestones of military members lost in war during Memorial Day at the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.

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Christian Jacobs, 6, of Hertford, NC, and his mother, Brittany, comfort each other as they visit the grave site of husband and father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. Section 60, is the burial ground in the cemetery where military personnel killed in the global war on terror since 2001 are interred. Pete Marovich / EPA
World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williamson, left, consoles Gold Star mother Susan Crabtree, of Lynchburg, after a Memorial Day ceremony at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. Jay Westcott / AP
Members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Association salute after placing a wreath at the Freedom Memorial during a Memorial Day service at Freedom Memorial Park in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Andrew Craft / AP
Former Army Reservist Sgt. Heidi Heming becomes emotional while sitting at the headstone of Army SPC Christopher J. Coffland in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. Heming and Coffland served together in Afghanistan. Section 60, is the burial ground in the cemetery where military personnel killed in the global war on terror since 2001 are interred. Pete Marovich / EPA
Army members hold the U.S. flag as they attend the Museum's annual Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at the Intrepid museum in New York. Eduardo Munoz / Reuters
Marine and Iraqi war veteran Croft Young and his 3-year-old daughter Evelyn, visit the grave sites of military veterans at the Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Peter Foley / EPA
Brittany Jacobs of Hertford, North Carolina, embraces her son, Christian Jacobs, 6, while sitting next to the grave of her husband, Marine Corps Sgt. Chris Jacobs, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Phil Layton (Front) and Thomas Bogenhagen place cards and flags at the wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. Jose Luis Magana / AFP - Getty Images
Caleb Hank, 7, of Hudson Wisconsin, looked for markers to plant his flags at Fort Snelling cemetery in St Paul, Minneapolis. Glen Stubbe / AP
Cathy Burnley of Springfield, Virginia, touches the grave marker of her son, Marine Corps Cpl. Nicholas Paul Rapavi, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. A member of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Rapavi was killed in 2006 while serving in Iraq. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Angelina Cruz, 8, lays flags in remembrance for military members lost in war at various gravestones at the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs. Dougal Brownlie / AP
With a cold but gentle rain falling around them, Jeff Johansen and his fiancee Claire Neubauer came to Fort Snelling to remember Jeff's grandpa John "Richie" Johansen and grandma Helen Johansen in Bloomington, Minnesota. His grandpa served in the Marine Corps and Navy during WWII. Glen Stubbe / AP
Visitors to the Senator John Heinz History Center participate in a flag-folding ceremony in Pittsburgh. Stephanie Strasburg / AP
World War II veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Armando "Chick" Galella (L) tosses a floral wreath following an annual Memorial Day commemoration ceremony to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the United States Armed Forces, at the Intrepid museum in New York. Eduardo Munoz / Reuters
Lisa Chau and her daughter, Jaden, pray at Arlington National Cemetery. Chau was marking Memorial Day by visiting the graves of female service members. Aaron P. Bernstein / Getty Images

Kalayla Thompson, 2, waves a flag during the 133rd Annual Portsmouth Memorial Day Parade in Virginia.

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Brighton resident Annalise Wirth, 3, walks past signs featuring Duane Tennant and another military member in Burton, Michigan. Jake May / AP
Kyla Hodge, 10, kisses her two-year-old sister, Emily, while wearing patriotic pillowcase dresses, which their mother, Ronda, made this morning to wear to the Memorial Day parade in Burton, Michigan. "I like the parade because of all the floats and the tons of stuff you get to see. Oh, and the candy too," giggled Kyla. "We're here for the veterans though. They're amazing. They give us our freedom every day. Very thankful for that." Jake May / AP
Christian Jacobs, 6, of Hertford, NC, runs through Section 60 on Memorial Day, at Arlington National Cemetery. Section 60, is the burial ground in the cemetery where military personnel killed in the global war on terror since 2001 are interred. Pete Marovich / EPA
Jonas Housari, 2, helps his mother, Alysha Housari, place flowers on the gravestones in remembrance of military members lost in war at the Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs. Dougal Brownlie / AP
Christine Galvan with Mission Messiah was one of many volunteers placing flags on veteran's graves at the Ector County Cemetery in Odessa, Texas. Mark Sterkel|Odessa American / AP
Trey Mancini #16, Joey Rickard #23, and Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles stand with members of the military during the playing of the national anthem prior to a game against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Matt Hazlett / Getty Images
O'Ryan Arrowroot, dressed as Uncle Sam, high-fives a member of the crowd during the Lawrenceville Memorial Day parade in Pittsburgh. Stephanie Strasburg / AP
Navy veteran Sylvia Lewis, age 95, of Plantation, Florida, shares a moment with Col. Connie Christensen, Army Ret., in Fort Lauderdale. Joe Cavaretta / AP
Enlistees in the Navy take the Armed Forces Oath of Enlistment during a Memorial Day ceremony on the field before a baseball game between the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers in New York. Julie Jacobson / AP
The Sons of the American Revolution, Pikes Peak Chapter, fire their guns during a historic reenactment at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs. Dougal Brownlie / AP
Herb Colie (L) who served with the 4th Battalion 60th artillery, and Jim Benning (R) who served as a second class machinist's mate on the USS Oak Hill during the Vietnam War, cover their ears as John Marsigliano (Rear-L) and Chris Moeller, both of the Sons of the American Legion, fire a gun salute during a Memorial Day observance in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Julio Cortez / AP
Members of Operation Enduring Warrior greet George "Sonny" McClintock while he stood watch over the grave of his son, Army Special Forces Engineer Sgt. Matthew Quinn McClintock, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington. Matthew Quinn McClintock was killed in 2016 while deployed to Helmand, Afghanistan. The OEW members participated in the Ruck to Remember, a 60 mile hike from Harpers Ferry to the cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Eli Whalen, 10 (C), purses his lip as he salutes the lives of fallen soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice dying for their country in battle while paying his respects alongside fellow Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts at Fairview Cemetery in Linden, Michigan. Jake May / AP
Army veteran Jonathan Lopez, of Miami, and his dog, 2-year-old huskie Zoe, walk through Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. Lopez works with Operation Enduring Warrior and participated in the Ruck to Remember, a 60 mile hike from Harpers Ferry to the cemetery over the Memorial Day weekend. Lopez served tours of duty in Kosovo, Bosnia and Macedonia with the Army Quick Reaction Force before being hit by a drunk driver and losing his arm in 2000. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
President Donald Trump participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Olivier Douliery / Pool via Getty Images
Hundreds of motorcyclists make their way on Highway 191 toward Odessa, Texas on their way to Andrews during the Memorial Day Ride to Remember. The ride begins with a ceremony at the Permian Basin Vietnam Memorial and ends with a wreath ceremony at the Andrews War Memorial. Mark Sterkel|Odessa American / AP
Marine Tim Chambers salutes as participants in the Rolling Thunder annual motorcycle rally ride past on May 28 in Washington. Motorcyclists are in Washington for the traditional annual Rolling Thunder ahead of Memorial Day. Jose Luis Magana / AFP - Getty Images
A couple stands during the playing of "Taps" at the conclusion of a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Evan Vucci / AP
Marine Corps Color Guard member salutes during Memorial Day ceremonies at Twentyninem Palms Memorial Cemetery in Twentynine Palms, California. Paul Buck / EPA
Members of the veterans support group "Ruck to Remember" walk along the National Mall in Washington as they continue their Memorial Day march to Arlington National Cemetery. J. David Ake / AP
Lisa Lary (L) and son Patrick Lary (R) place flowers on the grave of husband and father and retired Marine Oscar Lary Jr. during Memorial Day ceremonies at Twentynine Palms Memorial Cemetery in Twentynine Palms, California. Paul Buck / EPA
Albert Grajales, retired Marine Sergeant, who also served in the Air Force, salutes at the grave sites of military veterans at the Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn. Cypress Hills National Cemetery has more than 21,000 interments of veterans and civilians with 24 Medal of Honor recipients. Peter Foley / EPA