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Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Sacrificed

Memorial Day is a U.S. Federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.  The holiday, formerly known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in military service.

Volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor those who have died in military service.

This video is a moving tribute to the more than 240,000 fallen soldiers that lie in rest at Arlington Cemetery.  It was created last Memorial Day.

The Military Times has a database of each of the 6,781 casualties of war for Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. These men and women deserve more than a single day, for giving everything to protect our freedoms across the globe.

Click below to learn more about each one of the fallen soldiers.