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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.