Memorial Day

Visitors pause to look for names on the wall at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial early in the morning on Memorial Day in Washington, Monday, May 31, 2021. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Memorial Day memories

Memorial Day observance means different things to different groups. Although many people have or take time off, it’s not a holiday in the true sense.

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this May 22, 2020 photo, a U.S. flag decorates a veteran's grave at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Ala. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has banned public ceremonies and the mass placement of flags on graves at the country's 142 national cemeteries. With almost 4.9 million people interred in the cemeteries, thousands would attend memorial events and help mark graves with flags during a typical Memorial Day weekend. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Gallery: Armed services pay tribute on a very different Memorial Day

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PHOTOS: National Memorial Day concert at Capitol honors the fallen

National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C., May 27, 2018. The concert’s mission is to unite the country in…

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Memorial Day on two wheels

Veterans get a chance to show their former colors through patches on their motorcycle vests.

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USAAPoppies Wall memorial on the Natonal Mall, May 25, 2018. (USAA)

Retired Navy Vice Adm. John Bird: 645K poppies on National Mall honor American troops lost since WWI

USAA and the National Parks Service erected a temporary homage to generations of warfighters on the National Mall for this Memorial Day to remind visitors of those who gave their lives in armed conflict.

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