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A Powerful Reminder Of The Cost Of War

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Ann Adams lies atop the grave of her son Army Sgt. Andrew Baddick at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Baddick died while saving a comrade from drowning after a military vehicle rolled into a culvert in Iraq in 2003.

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A veteran kisses the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall.

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A woman climbs on a man to reach names etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall.

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Breanna McCain, 18, looks upon her father’s grave at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Her dad, Army SFC Johnathan McCain, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in November 2011.

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U.S. Marine Cpl. Miroslav Kazimir stands up with the help of his wife Marcela while visiting a grave at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day. He had come to visit the grave of Marine Sgt. Sean Callahan who died in an IED attack in Afghanistan in April 2011, the same attack that severely damaged both of Zazimir’s legs. He is currently undergoing long-term therapy at the military hospital in Bethesda, MD.

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Wyatt McCain, 8, from North Pole, Alaska, looks upon his father’s grave at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day. His dad, Army SFC Johnathan McCain, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in November 2011.

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Wyatt McCain pours Alaskan soil on his father’s grave.

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Wyatt McCain pinches tobacco on his father’s grave.

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Randi Meinert grieves with family members over her slain brother’s grave at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Her brother Marine Maj. Sam Griffith was killed in combat in Afghanistan in December 2011.

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Karen Clarkson lies over her slain son’s grave at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Her son Sgt. Joel Clarkson was serving as an Army Ranger team leader in Afghanistan when he was shot and killed in March 2010.

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Donald Stewar and his wife Betty stand at the grave of their son, U.S. Navy veteran Twain S. Bryant.

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People visit graves of loved ones at Section 60 on Memorial Day. Section 60 is reserved for veterans of the Iraq War.

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Amy Mixon sits at the grave of her husband Kelly J. Mixon who was killed in Afghanistan.

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Candy Macninch sits at the grave of her son Ross Macninch who was killed in Iraq.

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Ricky Parada sits at the grave of his little brother at Section 60 on Memorial Day. Section 60 is reserved for veterans of the Iraq War.

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Former Air Force Master Sgt. Robert Stewart, 79, searches for his brother-in-law’s grave marker before the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Germantown, Tennessee.

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A mentor and a military child grieving the death of a parent visit the Lincoln Memorial on May 26. Five hundred military children and teens, most of whom lost a parent or sibling in the Afghan and Iraq wars, attended the annual four-day ‘Good Grief Camp.’

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Camp mentor Billy Marlow and Ian Crowell, 7, who’s father MSG Thomas Crowell was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007, visit the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall.

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