Honoring those who served and sacrificed on Memorial Day across the country

Honoring those who served and sacrificed on Memorial Day across the country

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A group of veterans and supporters from the nonprofit gym Project MMA walk over the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas, in observance of Memorial Day. For the last three years they've walked the bridge every Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day.

A group of veterans and supporters from the nonprofit gym Project MMA walk over the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas, in observance of Memorial Day. For the last three years they’ve walked the bridge every Memorial Day, Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day.

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Steve Banta, left, executive director of the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, and Bob Batterson, WWII survivor, participate in a wreath laying ceremony during a Memorial Day at the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Steve Banta, left, executive director of the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, and Bob Batterson, WWII survivor, participate in a wreath laying ceremony during a Memorial Day at the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Air Force Junior ROTC members from Greenfield High School march with all 50 state flags during Milwaukee’s 154th annual Memorial Day Parade.

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Members of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard lead the Pewaukee Memorial Day parade into town in Pewaukee, Wis.

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The Upper Nyack Elementary School history club participates in the Nyack Memorial Day ceremony at Memorial Park in Nyack, N.Y.

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Members of the Primary Trainer Squadron of the Arizona Antique Airplane Association perform a flyover at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Memorial Day in Phoenix.

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Cindy Mick Warner visits the grave of her father, World War I Army veteran Harry Mick, on Memorial Day at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

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Flowers and flags mark the headstones of graves during Memorial Day at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

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People pay their respects during Memorial Day ceremonies at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

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Wren Sabanovic, 3, looses interest when the politicians march by during the Ferndale Memorial Parade on 9 Mile Road in Ferndale, Mich.

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Cindy Mick Warner visits the grave of her father, World War I Army veteran Harry Mick, on Memorial Day at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix.

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Alistair McNair, 6, settles in with his American flag and his mother Bridget, from Milwaukee before Milwaukee’s 154th annual Memorial Day Parade.

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Members off the 32nd Military Police, out of Milwaukee, toss candy during Milwaukee’s 154th annual Memorial Day Parade.

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Jorge Calderon Jr. Representing U.S. Marines, places a wreath in the fountain at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center during a ceremony after Milwaukee’s 154th annual Memorial Day Parade.

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The color guard marches down Depew Ave. During the Nyack Memorial Day Parade in Nyack, N.Y.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former President Bill Clinton march in the annual Town of New Castle Memorial Day Parade in Chappaqua, N.Y.

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Danny Barnes, a Vietnam Veteran who served with the U.S Army, carries a wreath to a veteran’s grave in the Pittsford Cemetery in Pittsford, N.Y., During a tribute to veterans ceremony held by his post, Rayson-Miller Pittsford American Legion Post 899.

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A family waves and applauds veterans marching along in Toms RIver, N.J.During the town’s annual Memorial Day parade.

Thomas P. Costello, Asbury Park Press Via USA TODAY. Network

Caroline Lee, 4, leans into her mother, Kimberly, during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter on May 27, 2019. Kimberly Lee’s father, Mike Koziol, a Vietnam veteran from Adel, is buried at the cemetery.

Bryon Houlgrave, The Register Via USA TODAY. Network

Ben Adams plays Taps during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter on May 27, 2019.

Bryon Houlgrave, The Register Via USA TODAY. Network

Will Wessely of Des Moines visits his friend and fallen Des Moines Police officer Carlos Puente-Morales, who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan in the Iowa National Guard, grave during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter on May 27, 2019. Puente-Morales was killed in a traffic accident on Interstate 80 near Waukee in 2016.

Bryon Houlgrave, The Register Via USA TODAY. Network

Vietnam veteran Joe Mack salutes during the National Anthem at the Pittsfield, Mass., Cemetery during Memorial Day celebrations on May 27, 2019. Mack served in the Army and is a recipient of the Silver Star.

Ben Garver, The Berkshire Eagle Via AP

A man attends a Memorial Day Ceremony at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Mich. On May 26, 2019.

Emil Lippe, Kalamazoo Gazette Via AP

Vice President Mike Pence, from left, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael Howard and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in observance of Memorial Day on May 27, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Patrick Semansky, AP

Motorcycle riders from all over the country and the world gathered in Washington on May 26, 2019, for the annual Rolling Thunder ride.

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Becca Gorman, a member of the Washington D.C. Air National Guard, waves and salutes riders at the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally in Washington, D.C. On May 26, 2019. Organizers announced the 2019 ride would be the last in Washington due to increased expense and difficulty, and waning numbers over the years.

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Motorcycle riders from all over the country and the world gathered in Washington on May 26, 2019, for the annual Rolling Thunder ride.

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A memorial to fallen service members lines the median of 23rd Street NW in Washington during the Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally on May 26, 2019.

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Motorcycle riders from all over the country and the world gathered in Washington on May 26, 2019, for the annual Rolling Thunder ride.

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Hundreds of thousands of bikers gather on the Pentagon parking before taking part in the “Rolling thunder” parade part of the Memorial weekend honoring war veterans in Arlington, near Washington, on May 26 2019.

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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard drill team perform at the Hyundai Air & Sea Show, Sunday, May 26, 2019, as part of Memorial Day weekend events in Miami Beach, Fla.

Lynne Sladky, AP

Christopher Jacobs stands in the street as thousands of motorcycle riders participate in Rolling Thunder’s annual Memorial Day weekend ‘Ride To The Wall’, converging on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, on May 26, 2019. Rolling Thunder Inc. Is a non-profit organization dedicated to the search of American soldiers who are prisoners of war or missing in action. Rolling Thunder was established in 1987; due to financial constraints, organizers said this year will be their final ride.

Sarah Silbiger, EPA-EFE

Service dog Flynn stands beside his owner Tom Ochman of Orangeburg, an army veteran that served in Afghanistan, at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Walkway of Heroes on Independence Avenue in Tappan May 26, 2019.

Tania Savayan, The Journal News

Children run amid the graves where flowers and small US flags are displayed next to the headstones of US soldiers by scouts and families during the ‘Flags-In’ ceremony for Memorial Day weekend at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in Los Angeles, Calif. On May 25, 2019.

Etienne Laurent, EPA-EFE

Wolf Scout, Leo Millican, 8, places flags in front of headstones with others from Boy Scouts of America at Nashville National Cemetery Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.

Courtney Pedroza, The Tennessean

Scouts congregate at Green-Wood Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York before placing flags at the grave sites of WWI veterans, Saturday, May 25, 2019. On the Saturday morning of Memorial Day Weekend, Scouts place American flags on Veteran’s graves at cemeteries across the U.S.

Mary Altaffer, AP

The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. Is silhouetted against daybreak in the Washington, D.C. Area Saturday morning May 25, 2019 at the outset of the Memorial Day weekend holiday.

J. David Ake, AP

The Rev. Stuart Kenworthy sits on a motorcycle during a blessing of the bikes event at the Washington National Cathedral on May 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Rolling Thunder will mark the 32nd anniversary of its annual “Ride for Freedom” motorcycle procession and commemorative events this Memorial Day weekend for raising the attention of POW and MIA issues.

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People visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, May 24, 2019, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

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People visit the USAA Poppy Wall of Honor, featuring over 645,000 poppies behind glass, each one representing an American service member who has fallen since World War I, on the National Mall in Washington, DC, May 24, 2019, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

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U.S. Flags mark military gravestones at Tahoma National Cemetery, Friday, May 24, 2019, in Kent, Wash. Monday is Memorial Day, a U.S. Federal holiday to honor those who died while serving in the military.

Ted S. Warren, AP

From left, Betty Hilderbrand, and her daughters Sandy Cover, center, and Dixie Meredith, of Bremerton, Wash., Visit the grave of Hilderbrand’s late husband, Alfred Hilderbrand Jr., Who served in World War II in the U.S. Navy, at Tahoma National Cemetery, Friday, May 24, 2019, in Kent, Wash. Monday is Memorial Day, a U.S. Federal holiday to honor those who died while serving in the military.

Ted S. Warren, AP

Samara Reisenweber 2, handles an arm load of flags as she helps her father Lt. Col. Andrew Reisenweber and her mother Kelly Reisenweber place flags at graves ahead of Memorial Day at Hampton National Cemetery on Friday, May 24, 2019 in Hampton, Va. Lt Col. Reisenweber is based at Langley Air Force Base. “I just wanted to honor those who went before me,” stated Lt. Col. Reisenweber as he worked with numerous other volunteers to place flags.

Adrin Snider, The Daily Press Via AP

The Military Department on Indiana Ceremonial Unit performs the presentation of caisson during the 500 Festival Memorial Service at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis on Friday, May 24, 2019. A tradition begun in the Civil War, the caisson ceremony demonstrates how fallen soldiers’ remains are transported to their final resting placed.

Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star

Gold Star family members, Jennifer Tomaw, center, holds two of her four children in attendance, Emalyn, right, and Charlie Tomaw, left, during the 500 Festival Memorial Service at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star

Khalil Proctor, 11, of Glendale, plants flags along with members of Cub Scout Pack 260 from St. Gabriel Parish in Glendale, Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati. The pack planted more than 1,000 American flags on the graves of those soldiers interred in the historic Civil War section of the cemetery.

Kareem Elgazzar, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Around 1400 members of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard, place flags in front of each headstone atArlington National Cemetery on May 23, 2019.

Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY.

Charlie VanFleet, 10, and Abe Fightmaster, 8, plant flags with Cub Scout Pack 260 at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, May 23, 2019. The pack planted more than 1,000 flags on the graves of those soldiers interred in the historic Civil War section of the cemetery.

Kareem Elgazzar, The Enquirer Via The USA TODAY. Network

Tim Norman, commander for Jonesboro American Legion Pickett Post #21, places an American flag next to the headstone of the post’s namesake George W. Pickett during the annual placement of crosses, posies, and flags by Legion members for Memorial Day at the American Legion section of Oaklawn Cemetery on May 23, 2019, in Jonesboro, Ark. Pickett was the first soldier from Craighead County to be killed in action during World War I.

Quentin Winstine, AP

Cpl. Matthew Munie, of Jackson, Mich., And a member of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment also known as The Old Guard, places a flags in front of a headstone for “Flags-In” at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 23, 2019, to honor the Nation’s fallen military heroes.

Susan Walsh, AP

Bob Marriott, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served from 1951 to 1954, places an American flag at the grave of a veteran on May 23, 2019, at Pineview Cemetery in Rocky Mount, N.C.

Alan Campbell, AP

Randy Hartsock places American flags on the embankment outside of American Legion Hackler-Wood Post 145 May 23, 2019 in Bristol, Tenn. In preparation for Memorial Day weekend.

David Crigger, AP

President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania visit Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day during the ‘Flags-In’ ceremony, in Arlington, Va. May23, 2019. ‘Flags-In’ is an annual event where the third US Infantry Regiment, ‘The Old Guard’, places American flags at every gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery.

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One of the 1400 members of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard, place flags in front of each headstone atArlington National Cemetery on May 23, 2019.

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Staff Sgt. Luke Sulak and Staff Sgt. William Benge, of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment place flags in front of headstones atArlington National Cemetery on May 23, 2019.

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Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30 for decades, but in 1971 congress established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and made it a federal hliday.

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Arlington National Cemetery on May 23, 2019.

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Around 1400 members of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard, place flags in front of each headstone atArlington National Cemetery on May 23, 2019.

Hannah Gaber, USA TODAY.

A member of the military visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. May 24, 2019, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Section 60 is the final resting place for US soldiers killed in America’s most recent wars, especially Iraq and Afghanistan.

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A woman carries flowers as she visits Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on May 24, 2019, ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.

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President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act on Dec. 28, 2000, designating 3 p.M. Local time on Memorial Day as a National Monument of Remberance.

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