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A Memorial Day remembrance in pictures

Matt Weber, 30, kisses the grave of his buddy Joseph John Anzack, Jr.

Matt Weber, 30, kisses the grave of his buddy Joseph John Anzack, Jr.

For most people, Memorial Day is simply a day off from work that marks the unofficial start to summer. But its true meaning is to honor the men and women who died in the service of our country. So before we ice down the beer and break out the grill, let’s stop and remember them, their sacrifice, and their families.

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 25:   Angela Spraul and her daughter Ava, 4, sit at the grave of her husband John Spraul, U.S. Navy, who died Feb. 28, 2013, at Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Va. U.S. President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored fallen soldiers during a ceremony at Arlington on this Memorial Day.  (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)
Angela Spraul and her daughter Ava, 4, sit at the grave of her husband John Spraul, U.S. Navy
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: Terri Dunn Campbell of Virginia Beach, Virginia, stands with her daughter Nicole Campbell, 18, at the grave of her oldest son Kielin Terrell Dunn, who was killed at age 19 in Afghanistan in 2010, in Section 60, the burial ground for military personnel killed since 2001, at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
Terri Dunn Campbell of Virginia Beach, Virginia, stands with her daughter Nicole Campbell, 18, at the grave of her oldest son Kielin Terrell Dunn, who was killed at age 19
ARLINGTON, VA - DECEMBER 05:  Special forces members pay their respects at the  casket of fallen colleague U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe at the conclusion of the soldier's burial service at Arlington National Cemetery December 5, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. McEnroe and two other members of the 1st Special Forces Command were killed during an attack outside a military base in Jordan on November 4, 2016.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Special forces members pay their respects at the casket of fallen colleague U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe 
ARLINGTON, VA - DECEMBER 05:  Linda Frost, the mother of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, kisses and embraces her son's casket at the conclusion of the soldier's burial service at Arlington National Cemetery December 5, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. McEnroe and two other members of the 1st Special Forces Command were killed during an attack outside a military base in Jordan on November 4, 2016.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
 Linda Frost, the mother of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, kisses and embraces her son’s casket
ARLINGTON, VA - DECEMBER 19: A passer-by stopped, as a US Air Force Buglar played Taps during a full honor burial service for Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert, at Arlington Cemetery, December 19, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Maj. Smith killed when his F-16C Fighting Falcon crashed 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq on November 27, 2006 while engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A passerby stopped as a U.S. Air Force bugler played Taps during a full honor burial service for Air Force Maj. Troy Lee Gilbert
Widow Alexandra McClintock holds an American flag with her son Declan during burial of her husband US Army SGT First class Matthew McClintock at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on March 7, 2016. / AFP / Jim Watson        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Widow Alexandra McClintock holds an American flag with her son Declan during burial of her husband, US Army SGT First class Matthew McClintock
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: Eleanor Sitkiewicz, 4, of Richmond, Virginia, stands with her brother Henry, 7, and father Greg at the grave of Tyler Hall Brown, a college friend of her father, in Section 60, the burial ground for military personnel killed since 2001, at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Brown was killed in Iraq in 2004 and Greg has been bringing his wife Sara and later the whole family to the grave site since then. "There is nothing else we have done that consistently for so long," says Sara.  "Tyler has changed the meaning of Memorial Day for us." (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
Eleanor Sitkiewicz, 4, of Richmond, Virginia, stands with her brother Henry, 7, and father Greg at the grave of Tyler Hall Brown, a college friend of her father
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 25:   A mother and daughter stand in Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 25, 2015 in Arlington, Va. U.S. President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter honored fallen soldiers during a ceremony at Arlington on this Memorial Day.  (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)
A mother and daughter stand in Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery
ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 31:  US Marines fold an American flag over the remains of US Marine PFC Anthony Brozyna, of Hartford, CT., during a full honor burial service at Arlington National Cemetary, August 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. Brozyna was 22 years old when he was killed in World War II on the island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll of the Gilbert Islands during a battle on November 20, 1943.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US Marines fold an American flag over the remains of US Marine PFC Anthony Brozyna

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