Memorial Day

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Peter Stackpole, [American soldier tenderly holding a wounded Japanese boy inside an airplane as they await a flight to the nearest field hospital], 1944 (1494.2005)

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Robert Capa, [American troops landing on Omaha Beach, D-Day, Normandy, France], June 6, 1944 (2991.1992)

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Carl Mydans, American Flag raised over Atisugi Air Base, 1945 (153.2005)

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Larry Burrows, Marines Blunt the Invasion from the North, October 1966. (1761.2005)

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Thomas Morrissey, Unidentified veteran holding a photograph of himself holding a gun, 1997. (20.2001)

We have been celebrating Memorial Day since 1868 in order to remember those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.Traditionally on Memorial Day, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.

Some believe the true meaning of Memorial Day has been lost over time so in December of 2000 the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed in hopes to re-educate the public. This resolution asks that at 3 p.m. local time, Americans “voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence.” So along with celebrating the start of summer, we are invited to pay our respects, in whatever ways we feel appropriate, to our fallen men and women of service.

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