Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day At Arlington West Memorial in Santa Monica, California
A woman walks amongst the symbolic grave of fallen soldiers at the Arlington West Memorial on Memorial Day in Santa Monica, California on May 30, 2011. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service.
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Memorial Day At Arlington West Memorial in Santa Monica, California
A woman walks amongst the symbolic grave of fallen soldiers at the Arlington West Memorial on Memorial Day in Santa Monica, California on May 30, 2011. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service.
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Memorial Day At Arlington West Memorial in Santa Monica, California
The US flag flies at half-mast above the symbolic grave of fallen soldiers at the Arlington West Memorial on Memorial Day in Santa Monica, California on May 30, 2011. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service.
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Memorial Day At Arlington West Memorial in Santa Monica, California
Flowers and photos placed on the symbolic grave of Sgt. Brandon Parr at the Arlington West Memorial on Memorial Day in Santa Monica, California on May 30, 2011. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in the nation's service.
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Memorial Day At Arlington West Memorial in Santa Monica, California
A flower wilts beside the symbolic grave of Sgt. Timothy Martin at the Arlington West Memorial on Memorial Day in Santa Monica, California on May 30, 2011.
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Memorial Day At Arlington West Memorial in Santa Monica, California
An Iraq War veteran, who asked for anonymity, sits and drinks a beer beside the symbolic graves of fallen friends, Sgt. Eric Snell and Pfc. Michael Pittman, both from his former unit, the 1st Infantry Division, at the Arlington West Memorial on Memorial Day in Santa Monica, California on May 30, 2011.
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Memorial Day At Arlington National Cemetery
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen (L) Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates (C) and US President Barack Obama listen during a Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and speak at a Memorial Day service to guests and loved one of service members who have died.
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Memorial Day At Arlington National Cemetery
First lady Michelle Obama (R) greets former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) and his wife former Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) before a Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and speak at a Memorial Day service to guests and loved one of service members who have died.
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Memorial Day At Arlington National Cemetery
People sing the National Anthem during a Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and speak at a Memorial Day service to guests and loved one of service members who have died.
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Memorial Day At Arlington National Cemetery
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) holds a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and speak at a Memorial Day service to guests and loved one of service members who have died.
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Memorial Day At Arlington National Cemetery
US President Barack Obama (L) stands with Brigadier General Karl Horst during moment of silence at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and speak at a Memorial Day service to guests and loved one of service members who have died.
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Memorial Day At Arlington National Cemetery
US President Barack Obama walks to a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC. President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and speak at a Memorial Day service to guests and loved one of service members who have died.
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Memorial Day Crosses
Crosses in Fort Snelling Cemetery symbolize soldiers killed while serving.
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Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Michael Mullen lays a wreath during the Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial, National Mall on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Soldiers stand at attention during the Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial, National Mall on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Michael Mullen salutes during the Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial, National Mall on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Michael Mullen speaks during the Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial, National Mall on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Joe Mantegna lays a wreath down during the Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial, National Mall on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Soldiers stand at attention during the Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial, National Mall on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Harald Sunde speaks during the Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial, National Mall on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Nancy Sinatra lays a wreath during the Honoring Our Fallen Warriors Wreath-Laying ceremony at the National World War II Memorial, National Mall on May 30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
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Rolling Thunder In Washington, D.C.
Spectators cheer for the riders in Rolling Thunder, an annual motorcycle rally in Washington DC, to raise awareness of the plight of prisoners of war and soldiers still missing in action on May 29, 2011, during Memorial Day weekend ceremonies. The holiday honors U.S. war veterans.
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Tim and Estella McGregor create a rubbin
Tim and Estella McGregor create a rubbing from the name of a fallen soldier carved on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, on Memorial Day Weekend, May 29, 2011. The holiday honors U.S. war veterans.
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Connecticut Town Gathers For Memorial Day Parade
People wait for the start of the Memorial Day Parade in the economically stressed region of the Connecticut Valley on May 29, 2011 in Ansonia, Connecticut. Hundreds of towns and cities across America will celebrate Memorial Day with parades, cookouts and family gatherings. Memorial Day, the unofficial start to the summer season, was conceived as a day for Americans to commemorate U.S. Service Members who died in every war, including current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall
A commemorative dog tag left with other items at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC, on Memorial Day Weekend on May 29, 2011.
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Memorial Day Girl
A young girl places a poppy next to the cross of a soldier who was killed while serving.
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Fort Snelling Cemetery
Humble remembrance at Fort Snelling Cemetery.
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Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling
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Vietnam Memorial
Scot Moncur sent us this picture with the simple caption "Present meets past."
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Memorial Day Weekend
Traffic is shown creeping along on northbound I-405 during the start to the Memorial Day holiday weekend on May 27, 2011 in Los Angeles, United States. More than 35 million people are expected to travel over the weekend.
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Memorial Day Weekend
Two fifth graders from the Lady's Island Intermediate School place a wreath at a plaque at the Beaufort National Cemetery marking the mass grave of 19 Union soldiers who fought during the Civil War with the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. The students helped the historic cemetery prepare for it's Memorial Day event by placing over 7,500 flags at the graves of veterans dating back to the civil war. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
Thousands of American flags are piled up in a bin before a group of fifth grade students from the Lady's Island Intermediate School show up to help the Beaufort National Cemetery prepare for it's upcoming Memorial Day event May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Each year the local schools help the historic national cemetery place flags on it's more than 18,000 graves. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
Lady's Island Intermediate School fifth grade student Joshua Desmore places an American flag at a marker at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Each year the local schools help the historic national cemetery place flags on it's more than 18,000 graves. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
One of more than 18,000 American flags marks the grave of an unknown Confederate soldier at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Each year hundreds of local students help the historic national cemetery prepare for it's annual Memorial Day celebration by placing flags on the graves.
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Memorial Day Weekend
American flags fly in front of over 18,000 grave markers at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Each year hundreds of local students help the historic national cemetery prepare for it's annual Memorial Day celebration by placing flags on the graves. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
Lady's Island Intermediate School fifth grade student Kevin Young places an American flag at a marker at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Each year the local schools help the historic national cemetery place flags on it's more than 18,000 graves. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina.
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Memorial Day Weekend
Lady's Island Intermediate School fifth grader Sam Derrick places an American flag near a grave marker at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. The students helped the historic cemetery prepare for it's Memorial Day event by placing over 7,500 flags at the graves of veterans dating back to the civil war. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
A teacher at Lady's Island Intermediate School organizes a group of fifth grade students on how to place American flags near graves at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. The students helped the historic cemetery prepare for it's Memorial Day event by placing over 7,500 flags at the graves of veterans dating back to the civil war. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
Nicholas Morre, a fifth grader at Lady's Island Intermediate School, carries American flags through the rows of white marble head stones at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Each year the local schools help the historic national cemetery place flags on it's more than 18,000 graves. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
Lady's Island Intermediate School fifth grade student C.J. Cummings places an American flag at a marker at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Each year the local schools help the historic national cemetery place flags on it's more than 18,000 graves. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
Nicholas Morre, a fifth grader at Lady's Island Intermediate School, carries American flags through the rows of white marble head stones at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Each year the local schools help the historic national cemetery place flags on it's more than 18,000 graves. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
Fifth graders from the Lady's Island Intermediate School walk past a wreath and plaque at the Beaufort National Cemetery marking the mass grave of 19 Union soldiers who fought during the Civil War with the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. The soldiers were made famous by the Hollywood movie 'Glory.' The students helped the historic cemetery prepare for it's Memorial Day event by placing over 7,500 flags at the graves of veterans dating back to the civil war. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina.
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Memorial Day Weekend
A group of fifth grade students and teachers from Lady's Island Intermediate School walk past the graves of unknown soldiers before placing American flags at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. The students helped the historic cemetery prepare for it's Memorial Day event by placing over 7,500 flags at the graves of veterans dating back to the civil war. at the Beaufort National Cemetery May 27, 2011 in Beaufort, South Carolina. (Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
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Memorial Day Weekend
A club member views the war memorial at the Arlington baths on September 3, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland. The 140 year old Victorian private members baths will be opening their doors to the public as part of Doors Open Day. The programme run by the Scottish Civic Trust gives free access to hundreds of buildings across Scotland every weekend during September that are normally closed to the public.
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Memorial Day Weekend
A Marine salutes riders in the Rolling Thunder demonstration as it passes in front of the Lincoln Memorial on May 30, 2010 in Washington. The Memorial Day weekend event is to draw attention to the issue of prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
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Memorial Day Weekend
Rolling Thunder Founder and Executive Director Artie Muller (C) waves as he crosses Memorial Bridge during the Rolling Thunder demonstration on May 30, 2010 in Washington. The Memorial Day weekend event is to draw attention to the issue of prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
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Memorial Day Weekend
Visitors pay their respects at the Vietnam Women's Memorial on May 30, 2010 in Washington during Memorial Day weekend. The memorial is dedicated to the women of the US who served in the Vietnam War.
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Memorial Day Weekend
A motorcyclist greets wellwishers during the Rolling Thunder demonstration on May 30, 2010 in Washington. The Memorial Day weekend event is to draw attention to the issue of prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
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Memorial Day Weekend
A Marine salutes riders in the Rolling Thunder demonstration as it passes in front of the Lincoln Memorial on May 30, 2010 in Washington. The Memorial Day weekend event is to draw attention to the issue of prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
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Memorial Day Weekend
Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard place flags at gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. It took 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines about three hours to place a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
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Memorial Day Weekend
A soldier from the U.S. Army Old Guard places a flag on a grave at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. It took 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines about three hours to place a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
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Memorial Day Weekend
Valerie Leitch sits at the gravesite of a friend that was killed in the first gulf war, at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. About 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines in about three hours placed a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
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Memorial Day Weekend
Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard place flags at gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. About 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines in about three hours placed a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
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Memorial Day Weekend
Flags are passed out to members of the U.S. Army Old Guard to be place at gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. About 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines in about three hours placed a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
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Memorial Day Weekend
A soldier from the U.S. Army Old Guard places a flag on a grave at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. About 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines in about three hours placed a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
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