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Commemorating veterans over Memorial Day weekend

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Across the United States and around the world, towns and cities commemorate veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made. Memorial Day, which originated after the Civil War,  is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. (Getty Images)

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Nathan Thom, 12, of BSA Troop 8787, places a U.S. flag on the grave of a veteran at the Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas, on Saturday May 26, 2018. For nearly 20 years, the scouts in the troop, which is chartered with VFW Post 8787, have gathered on the Saturday before Memorial Day to place about 5,000 flags on graves to honor veterans. (Photo: Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)


A U.S. Marine Corps soldier walks with a small girl through headstones prior to a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Sunday, May 27, 2018. The cemetery contains more that 2,000 American dead. (Photo: Virginia Mayo/AP)


The sun sets over a flag at the Los Angeles National Military Cemetery two days before Memorial Day in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 26, 2018. Memorial Day, which originated after the US Civil War that ended in 1865, is an American holiday honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)


Alex Kies, a Boy Scout with Troop 218, tries to light soggy luminaria following a thunderstorm, at the annual Fredericksburg National Cemetery Illumination in Fredericksburg, Va., Saturday, May 26, 2018. Boy Scouts from the Mattaponi and Aquia districts and Commonwealth Council Girl Scouts placed luminarias at more than 15,000 graves in the cemetery. (Photo: Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star via AP)


The statue of a Civil War soldier stands amid flags placed by volunteer groups at the Los Angeles National Military Cemetery two days before Memorial Day in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)


Mark Shively, from Beaverton, Oregon, shows a photo of his grandfather, World War I Marine Corps Private Norman Alfred Roberts, as he leaves flowers at the grave of his grandfather’s unit commander Lt. Carleton Burr during Memorial Day weekend at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Saturday, May 26, 2018. Roberts, wounded during the Battle of Belleau Wood in June of 1918, made it home to America before the war ended. His unit commander Lt. Carleton Burr was killed in nearby Vierzy, France in July 1918. (Photo: Virginia Mayo/AP)


Navy veteran Richard Jones prays before the grave of his friend James McDermott at the Los Angeles National Military Cemetery two days prior to Memorial Day in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)


Doug McCallister passes out U.S. flags Saturday, May 26, 2018 for volunteers to place in front of the tombstones at the Natchez National Cemetery in Natchez, Miss., as the community honors those who died in service to their country. (Photo: Nicole Hester/The Natchez Democrat via AP)


A Boy Scout runs between the grave stones after helping place flags at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Thousands of scouts have placed American flags on the graves of veterans in a ceremony ahead of Memorial Day. More than 6,000 children participated in the event. Each uniformed scout placed a flag in the ground by each grave and saluted. Organizers say nearly 90,000 flags were placed in tribute. (Photo: Richard Vogel/AP)


Brody Nations, 13, of St. Louis, reads some of the 36,574 people who died in the Korean War as his sister Carleigh Nations, 11, rings a bell for each name read at Sylvan Springs County Park on Friday, May 25, 2018. (Photo: Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)


A volunteer helps place some of the more than 100,000 U.S. flags next to headstones at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in preparation of Memorial Day, Friday, May 25, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)


WWII veteran Jimmy Weldon poses for a photo during a ceremony at the Los Angeles National Cemetery on Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Photo: Richard Vogel/AP)


A Boy Scout helps place some of the more than 100,000 U.S. flags next to headstones at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in preparation of Memorial Day, Friday, May 25, 2018, in San Antonio. Texas. (Photo: Eric Gay/AP)


U.S. Army soldiers of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment arrive with sacks of U.S. flags to place on Arlington National Cemetery graves in advance of Memorial Day in Arlington, Va., May 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


American flags and flowers placed by volunteer groups are seen at the Los Angeles National Military Cemetery two days before Memorial Day in Los Angeles, Calif., on May 26, 2018. (Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)


Rolling Thunder motorcyclists, who ride annually on Memorial Day in support of U.S. military veterans, pray with an Episcopal priest as they have their bikes blessed during a brief service at the National Cathedral in Washington, May 25, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


U.S. Army soldiers of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment place U.S. flags on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in advance of Memorial Day in Arlington, Va., May 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)


People are seen reflected on a temporary memorial made of over 600,000 poppies ahead of Memorial Day at the National Mall in Washington, May 25, 2018. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)


Girl Scout Caitlyn Hootsell, 10, carries a bundle of U.S. flags, Saturday, May 26, 2018 for placement in front of tombstones at the Natchez National Cemetery in Natchez, Miss., as the community honors those who died in service to their country. (Photo: Nicole Hester/The Natchez Democrat via AP)


A woman photographs American flags on Boston Common in Boston, which are placed there for Memorial Day on May 24, 2018. The solemn display of tens of thousands of U.S. flags that first appeared on Boston Common a decade ago to honor service members who have died defending the nation is slowly becoming a national movement. The flag gardens, as they are known, can be seen this weekend in Texas, Louisiana, Ohio and New York. (Photo: Elise Amendola/AP)


A U.S. Army soldier of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment uses his boot to measure where to place U.S. flags on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in advance of Memorial Day in Arlington, Va., May 24, 2018. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)