17 Powerful Images From Memorial Day

Americans gathered Monday to honor fallen military service members.

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Nancy Waring, of Cumming, Ga., touches the headstone of her son, U.S. Army and Coast Guard veteran Lt. Brian Scott Waring, at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Ga. She also visited the grave of her husband, U.S. Army Vietnam veteran 1st Lt. Gerald Paul Waring, who died less than a year after the death of her son.

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Cub Scouts and Scout leaders place American flags on the graves of veterans buried at Moore Cemetery in Moore, Okla., the site of last week's devastating tornado.

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"Trojan" Calton of Chillicothe, Ohio (L) searches for the name of a fallen U.S. soldier as Ray Ball, of Newark, Del., a U.S. Army reservist with an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, rubs a name on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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Jeff Lee of Lantana, Fla., leans against the gravestone of his father, Frank Lee, during a Memorial Day ceremony at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Fla.

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Allan Graves looks around Wisconsin Memorial Park Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Brookfield, Wis. The cemetery puts up hundreds of flags in honor of Memorial Day. Graves' mother and brother are buried there.

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Desiree Neal pays a visit to her grandfather, deceased Korean War Purple Heart decorated Army Sgt. Lyle Johnson, who passed away in 2011, in Little Falls, Minn. She described her grandfather as a man who loved kids and spent a year and a half in a Denver hospital recovering from machine gun wounds.

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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.