Soldiers from the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (‘The Old Guard’) place flags before hundreds of thousands of graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia every year on Memorial Day; there are more than 400,000 graves at Arlington. Photo Credit: Mark Wilson (Getty Images)
Please set aside some time in your day today to remember the men and women who have given their lives so that we can continue to live free. As many have said, the greatest tragedy in war is to be forgotten, so please take this day to remember those who have fallen and paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Please show the families of the fallen that the sacrifice of their loved ones was not for nothing, that we will not simply forget their names or their actions.
A mother and son sit by the grave of their husband and father. Photo Credit: Pete Marovich / EPA
Memorial Day in Boston; 20,000 flags. Photo Credit: floridapolitics.com
Please remember the sacrifices of all of the service members who gave their lives over the history of this great country.
Memorial Day 2013 infographic. Photo Credit: US Department of Veterans Affairs
Remember all of those who have given their lives in service to this country, whether human or not.
Military Working Dog (MWD) Rico and his handler pay tribute at the War Dog Cemetery at US Naval Base, Guam. Photo Credit: Petty Officer 2nd Class John F. Looney (US Navy)
MWD Lex protects the grave of his handler, Cpl. Dustin Jerome Lee (USMC); Lex and Lee were stationed in Iraq when a mortar attack killed Lee and left Lex with shrapnel in his spine. Photo Credit: kathleenallisondogslife.blogspot.com
And please remember that while we celebrate our freedom and remember the fallen today, men and women are stationed overseas, standing ready to protect our freedom and that of others, so please remember everyone deployed.
A member of U.S. Marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit weeps during a memorial service. Photo Credit: Erik de Castro (Reuters)
Show our fallen service members that their lives matter, please remember our protectors and their sacrifices. Pay tribute to the countless heroes who have kept this great country free and the many who will follow in their footsteps.