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Remembering the fallen: Americans observe Memorial Day across the nation

Updated : 2019-05-28 09:14:10

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering and honoring the people who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is observed on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day was observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day, particularly to honor those who died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. The US honored its fallen on Memorial Day on Monday. President Donald Trump and Melania Trump visited the Arlington, Virginia, cemetery last week and placed flags at several gravesites, a decades-old tradition known as "flags in." Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to fallen members of the U.S. armed forces Monday, thanking their loved ones in a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and acknowledging that for them "every day is Memorial Day." Pence placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to remember dead service members whose remains haven't been identified and observed a moment of silence.

A US Flag rests against the Memorial Wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington at daybreak on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
A US Flag rests against the Memorial Wall of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington at daybreak on Memorial Day Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
Vice President Mike Pence, from left, US Army Maj. Gen. Michael Howard and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan pause during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Vice President Mike Pence, from left, US Army Maj. Gen. Michael Howard and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan pause during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Vice President Mike Pence lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Vice President Mike Pence lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
JC Mata and Rene Hinojosa place a Texas-sized flag at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2019, in Mission, Texas. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)
JC Mata and Rene Hinojosa place a Texas-sized flag at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, May 27, 2019, in Mission, Texas. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)
A rose is placed on a veteran's grave on Memorial Day at the Veterans National Cemetery in Los Angeles on Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A rose is placed on a veteran's grave on Memorial Day at the Veterans National Cemetery in Los Angeles on Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Christina Perkins visits the Columbarium where her father is interred on Memorial Day at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Christina Perkins visits the Columbarium where her father is interred on Memorial Day at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan, Monday, May 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
World War II US Army veteran Urban Link, 92, wipes away a tear after receiving his high school diploma during a Memorial Day ceremony in Hastings, Pa., Monday, May 27, 2019. Link left the former Hastings High School in his junior year to join the war effort, serving in Okinawa, Japan. The diploma was from Cambria Heights High School, which replaced the former Hastings High School. (John Rucosky/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)
World War II US Army veteran Urban Link, 92, wipes away a tear after receiving his high school diploma during a Memorial Day ceremony in Hastings, Pa., Monday, May 27, 2019. Link left the former Hastings High School in his junior year to join the war effort, serving in Okinawa, Japan. The diploma was from Cambria Heights High School, which replaced the former Hastings High School. (John Rucosky/The Tribune-Democrat via AP)
Tessie Green, left, is helped by her daughter-in-law Patty Green after visiting her daughter's grave on Memorial Day at Leavenworth National Cemetery Monday, May 27, 2019, in Leavenworth, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Tessie Green, left, is helped by her daughter-in-law Patty Green after visiting her daughter's grave on Memorial Day at Leavenworth National Cemetery Monday, May 27, 2019, in Leavenworth, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Mildred Walker looks for a grave on Memorial Day at the Leavenworth National Cemetery Monday, May 27, 2019, in Leavenworth, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Mildred Walker looks for a grave on Memorial Day at the Leavenworth National Cemetery Monday, May 27, 2019, in Leavenworth, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A couple pauses under a shade tree while visiting graves on Memorial Day at Leavenworth National Cemetery Monday, May 27, 2019, in Leavenworth, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
A couple pauses under a shade tree while visiting graves on Memorial Day at Leavenworth National Cemetery Monday, May 27, 2019, in Leavenworth, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Army veteran Chris Nasson, of Boston, visits the grave of his friend Donald Munn II during his Memorial Day visit to the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Monday, May 27, 2019, in Dixon, Calif. Nasson said Munn was killed Oct. 11, 2007, by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Army veteran Chris Nasson, of Boston, visits the grave of his friend Donald Munn II during his Memorial Day visit to the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Monday, May 27, 2019, in Dixon, Calif. Nasson said Munn was killed Oct. 11, 2007, by an improvised explosive device in Iraq. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Alexander Nonan, Jr. visits the grave of his father, Army veteran Alexander Nonan at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Dixon, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Alexander Nonan, Jr. visits the grave of his father, Army veteran Alexander Nonan at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019, in Dixon, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Arlington National Cemetery for the annual Flags-In ceremony ahead of Memorial Day Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Arlington National Cemetery for the annual Flags-In ceremony ahead of Memorial Day Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Arlington National Cemetery for the annual Flags-In ceremony ahead of Memorial Day Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump visit Arlington National Cemetery for the annual Flags-In ceremony ahead of Memorial Day Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Members of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard, place flags in front of each headstone for
Members of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard, place flags in front of each headstone for "Flags-In" at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 23, 2019, to honor the Nation's fallen military heroes. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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 US Navy, at Tahoma National Cemetery, Friday, May 24, 2019, in Kent, Wash. Monday is Memorial Day, a US federal holiday to honor those who died while serving in the military. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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 US Navy, at Tahoma National Cemetery, Friday, May 24, 2019, in Kent, Wash. Monday is Memorial Day, a US federal holiday to honor those who died while serving in the military. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Raindrops stand out on a yellow rose placed near flags on the gravestone of Oliver Hickles, who served in World War II and Korea in the US Army, at Tahoma National Cemetery, Friday, May 24, 2019, in Kent, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Raindrops stand out on a yellow rose placed near flags on the gravestone of Oliver Hickles, who served in World War II and Korea in the US Army, at Tahoma National Cemetery, Friday, May 24, 2019, in Kent, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The US Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. is silhouetted against daybreak in the Washington, DC area Saturday morning May 25, 2019, at the outset of the Memorial Day weekend holiday. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
The US Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va. is silhouetted against daybreak in the Washington, DC area Saturday morning May 25, 2019, at the outset of the Memorial Day weekend holiday. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
Scouts with troop 187 search for the grave sites of WWI veterans in the Green-Wood Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, May 25, 2019. On the Saturday morning of Memorial Day Weekend, Scouts place US flags on Veteran's graves at cemeteries across the US (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Scouts with troop 187 search for the grave sites of WWI veterans in the Green-Wood Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, May 25, 2019. On the Saturday morning of Memorial Day Weekend, Scouts place US flags on Veteran's graves at cemeteries across the US (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A girl scout places a US flag at the grave sites of a WWI veteran in the Green-Wood Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
A girl scout places a US flag at the grave sites of a WWI veteran in the Green-Wood Cemetery in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Amvets members from Post 12 in Winder and Post 10 in Athens gathered to place 1,500 flags on the graves of veterans at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, May 25, 2019. It was the third year in a row the group placed flags in observance of Memorial Day weekend. [Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
Amvets members from Post 12 in Winder and Post 10 in Athens gathered to place 1,500 flags on the graves of veterans at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, May 25, 2019. It was the third year in a row the group placed flags in observance of Memorial Day weekend. [Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
United States Air Force veteran Allen Hixon and Amvets member places a flag on a veteran's grave at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, May 25, 2019.[Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
United States Air Force veteran Allen Hixon and Amvets member places a flag on a veteran's grave at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, May 25, 2019.[Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)
People look at the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
People look at the names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
US Navy Yeoman Mark Stallins, left, of Denver, plays a tribute to a veteran as retired US Air Force Sgt. Doug Sagrillo of Lakewood, Colo., stands at attention as part of Memorial Day activities at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
US Navy Yeoman Mark Stallins, left, of Denver, plays a tribute to a veteran as retired US Air Force Sgt. Doug Sagrillo of Lakewood, Colo., stands at attention as part of Memorial Day activities at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Sunday, May 26, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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