Memorial Day Tributes Honor Fallen Service Members

Americans honored veterans killed while serving in the military.

Frances Jockwig of Gladwin, Michigan, cries as she visits her husband's grave on May 29, the morning before a Memorial Day ceremony honoring deceased veterans at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich. Rachel Woolf / AP

Members of the Old Guard place flags in front of every headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on May 26, 2016. Soldiers were to place nearly a quarter of a million U.S. flags at the cemetery as part of a Memorial Day tradition.

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Savanna Hill, 14, from Flushing, Mich., visits the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, on May 27, as part of the Flushing Middle School trip to Washington.

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A woman sits at the edge of the field of United States flags displayed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund on the Boston Common on May 26. The 37,000 U.S. flags are planted in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present.


Paula Ackerman and her son Bryan, 8, hug at the grave marker of her father and his grandfather Robert P. Vallee who served in the Navy for over 31-years and passed away in 2015, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, in Jacksonville Fla., on May 28.

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Gold Star mother Elsheba Khan holds a torch at The Three Soldiers statue at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on May 27 in Washington. Khan's son, Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2007 and received a Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service.

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Rev. Cassandra Burton blesses Rolling Thunder members and their motorcycles during the "Blessing of the Bikes" at the Washington National Cathedral on May 27. Rolling Thunder is an advocacy group that seeks to bring awareness to prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA) service members of all U.S. wars.

PHOTOS: Rolling Thunder Parade Rumbles Through Washington

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U.S. military service members pose for photos after receiving their U.S. citizenship at a naturalization ceremony on Ellis Island on May 27 in New York City. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson administered the oath of citizenship to immigrants from 39 countries on the historic island in New York Harbor where millions of immigrants first arrived to America. The ceremony, held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), was held in honor of Memorial Day and is one of 100 naturalization ceremonies held in U.S. national parks in celebration of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.

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A young girl wears a flag-design dress as she runs near thousands of flags that scouts placed on veteran's graves at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery on May 27, in Wrightstown N.J.

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Members of the U.S. Army place American flags at graves at Arlington National Cemetery on May 26.

Brittany Jacobs and her son Christian visit the grave of his father, U.S. Marine, Christopher Jacobs, on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, U.S., May 30. Lucas Jackson / Reuters
From left, U.S. Army soldiers Rick Kolberg and Jesus Gallegos embrace as they visit the graves of Raymond Jones and Peter Enos on Memorial Day at the National Cemetery, May 30. Lucas Jackson / Reuters
U.S. Army soldier Matt Weber is comforted by Jenny Fleming as they visit the grave of Jason Arnette on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, May 30. Lucas Jackson / Reuters