Nation honors veterans on Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.

Marine Staff Sgt. Travis Hassell, center, and his son Issac show off Francis Slate's, left, Honorable Discharge Card from the U.S. Army Dec. 3, 1945, as they wait for President Barack Obama to deliver his Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Marine Staff Sgt. Travis Hassell, center, and his son Issac show off Francis Slate's, left, Honorable Discharge Card from the U.S. Army Dec. 3, 1945, as they wait for President Barack Obama to deliver his Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Marine Staff Sgt. Travis Hassell, center, and his son Issac show off Francis Slate's, left, Honorable Discharge Card from the U.S. Army Dec. 3, 1945, as they wait for President Barack Obama to deliver his Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 27: A member of the U.S. Army Old Guard stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on May 27, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. For Memorial Day President Obama is paying tribute to military veterans past and present who have served and sacrificed their lives for their country. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Memorial Day Commemorated At Arlington National Cemetery
ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 27: A member of the U.S. Army Old Guard stands guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on May 27, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. For Memorial Day President Obama is paying tribute to military veterans past and present who have served and sacrificed their lives for their country. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Bob Lewis looks over a field of crosses with names while participating in the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Lewis made the crosses, 137, for all the service members from College Point that were killed from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bob Lewis looks over a field of crosses with names while participating in the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Lewis made the crosses, 137, for all the service members from College Point that were killed from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Bob Lewis looks over a field of crosses with names while participating in the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Lewis made the crosses, 137, for all the service members from College Point that were killed from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Ga. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash Feb. 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Ga. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash Feb. 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Ga. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash Feb. 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A couple photograph themselves amongst a sea of flags on Boston Common in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The flags were placed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to the present. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A couple photograph themselves amongst a sea of flags on Boston Common in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The flags were placed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to the present. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A couple photograph themselves amongst a sea of flags on Boston Common in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The flags were placed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to the present. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
FILE - In this Monday, May 28, 2012 file photo, the grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb 6, 2012 at the age of 22 while serving in Afghanistan. Eleven years after the U.S. began battling to rid Afghanistan of al-Qaida and the Taliban, the war has ebbed from the headlines. The question of just how to end it is barely mentioned in the speeches of this year's presidential campaign. Polls find most Americans just want it over. Families of soldiers killed in action despair that many of their fellow citizens have neither the time nor the patience to grapple with the complexities of the conflict or to appreciate the sacrifice of the soldiers fighting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
FILE - In this Monday, May 28, 2012 file photo, the grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb 6, 2012 at the age of 22 while serving in Afghanistan. Eleven years after the U.S. began battling to rid Afghanistan of al-Qaida and the Taliban, the war has ebbed from the headlines. The question of just how to end it is barely mentioned in the speeches of this year's presidential campaign. Polls find most Americans just want it over. Families of soldiers killed in action despair that many of their fellow citizens have neither the time nor the patience to grapple with the complexities of the conflict or to appreciate the sacrifice of the soldiers fighting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
FILE - In this Monday, May 28, 2012 file photo, the grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb 6, 2012 at the age of 22 while serving in Afghanistan. Eleven years after the U.S. began battling to rid Afghanistan of al-Qaida and the Taliban, the war has ebbed from the headlines. The question of just how to end it is barely mentioned in the speeches of this year's presidential campaign. Polls find most Americans just want it over. Families of soldiers killed in action despair that many of their fellow citizens have neither the time nor the patience to grapple with the complexities of the conflict or to appreciate the sacrifice of the soldiers fighting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Joe Schulmann pauses in prayer over a cross bearing the name of his neighbor, Michael Wick, who was killed during the Vietnam War, at the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Joe Schulmann pauses in prayer over a cross bearing the name of his neighbor, Michael Wick, who was killed during the Vietnam War, at the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Joe Schulmann pauses in prayer over a cross bearing the name of his neighbor, Michael Wick, who was killed during the Vietnam War, at the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Ga. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash Feb. 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Ga. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash Feb. 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Ga. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash Feb. 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A couple photograph themselves amongst a sea of flags on Boston Common in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The flags were placed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to the present. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A couple photograph themselves amongst a sea of flags on Boston Common in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The flags were placed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to the present. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A couple photograph themselves amongst a sea of flags on Boston Common in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The flags were placed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to the present. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
FILE - In this Monday, May 28, 2012 file photo, the grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb 6, 2012 at the age of 22 while serving in Afghanistan. Eleven years after the U.S. began battling to rid Afghanistan of al-Qaida and the Taliban, the war has ebbed from the headlines. The question of just how to end it is barely mentioned in the speeches of this year's presidential campaign. Polls find most Americans just want it over. Families of soldiers killed in action despair that many of their fellow citizens have neither the time nor the patience to grapple with the complexities of the conflict or to appreciate the sacrifice of the soldiers fighting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
FILE - In this Monday, May 28, 2012 file photo, the grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb 6, 2012 at the age of 22 while serving in Afghanistan. Eleven years after the U.S. began battling to rid Afghanistan of al-Qaida and the Taliban, the war has ebbed from the headlines. The question of just how to end it is barely mentioned in the speeches of this year's presidential campaign. Polls find most Americans just want it over. Families of soldiers killed in action despair that many of their fellow citizens have neither the time nor the patience to grapple with the complexities of the conflict or to appreciate the sacrifice of the soldiers fighting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
FILE - In this Monday, May 28, 2012 file photo, the grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb 6, 2012 at the age of 22 while serving in Afghanistan. Eleven years after the U.S. began battling to rid Afghanistan of al-Qaida and the Taliban, the war has ebbed from the headlines. The question of just how to end it is barely mentioned in the speeches of this year's presidential campaign. Polls find most Americans just want it over. Families of soldiers killed in action despair that many of their fellow citizens have neither the time nor the patience to grapple with the complexities of the conflict or to appreciate the sacrifice of the soldiers fighting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Joe Schulmann pauses in prayer over a cross bearing the name of his neighbor, Michael Wick, who was killed during the Vietnam War, at the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Joe Schulmann pauses in prayer over a cross bearing the name of his neighbor, Michael Wick, who was killed during the Vietnam War, at the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Joe Schulmann pauses in prayer over a cross bearing the name of his neighbor, Michael Wick, who was killed during the Vietnam War, at the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Ga. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash Feb. 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Ga. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash Feb. 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A photo of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Corey Allen Little leans against his tombstone as volunteers place American flags at the graves of military service members at Georgia National Cemetery before the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Canton, Ga. Little, 25, who was expecting his first child, was one of seven Marines who died in a helicopter crash Feb. 22, 2012, while training for a deployment to Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
A couple photograph themselves amongst a sea of flags on Boston Common in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The flags were placed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to the present. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A couple photograph themselves amongst a sea of flags on Boston Common in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The flags were placed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to the present. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A couple photograph themselves amongst a sea of flags on Boston Common in Boston, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The flags were placed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Civil War to the present. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
FILE - In this Monday, May 28, 2012 file photo, the grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb 6, 2012 at the age of 22 while serving in Afghanistan. Eleven years after the U.S. began battling to rid Afghanistan of al-Qaida and the Taliban, the war has ebbed from the headlines. The question of just how to end it is barely mentioned in the speeches of this year's presidential campaign. Polls find most Americans just want it over. Families of soldiers killed in action despair that many of their fellow citizens have neither the time nor the patience to grapple with the complexities of the conflict or to appreciate the sacrifice of the soldiers fighting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
FILE - In this Monday, May 28, 2012 file photo, the grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb 6, 2012 at the age of 22 while serving in Afghanistan. Eleven years after the U.S. began battling to rid Afghanistan of al-Qaida and the Taliban, the war has ebbed from the headlines. The question of just how to end it is barely mentioned in the speeches of this year's presidential campaign. Polls find most Americans just want it over. Families of soldiers killed in action despair that many of their fellow citizens have neither the time nor the patience to grapple with the complexities of the conflict or to appreciate the sacrifice of the soldiers fighting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
FILE - In this Monday, May 28, 2012 file photo, the grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb 6, 2012 at the age of 22 while serving in Afghanistan. Eleven years after the U.S. began battling to rid Afghanistan of al-Qaida and the Taliban, the war has ebbed from the headlines. The question of just how to end it is barely mentioned in the speeches of this year's presidential campaign. Polls find most Americans just want it over. Families of soldiers killed in action despair that many of their fellow citizens have neither the time nor the patience to grapple with the complexities of the conflict or to appreciate the sacrifice of the soldiers fighting it. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Joe Schulmann pauses in prayer over a cross bearing the name of his neighbor, Michael Wick, who was killed during the Vietnam War, at the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Joe Schulmann pauses in prayer over a cross bearing the name of his neighbor, Michael Wick, who was killed during the Vietnam War, at the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Joe Schulmann pauses in prayer over a cross bearing the name of his neighbor, Michael Wick, who was killed during the Vietnam War, at the College Point Memorial Day Parade in New York, Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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