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10 Things To Remember About Our Fallen Heroes

All gave some, and some gave all. Never forget the heroes who gave everything for our freedom.

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1. Remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

Our way of life would not be possible without these heroes.
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Our way of life would not be possible without these heroes.

2. Honor their commitment to do whatever necessary to protect our country.

Every Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, you'll find a small American flag planted at every grave to honor the fallen.
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Every Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, you'll find a small American flag planted at every grave to honor the fallen.

3. Many soldiers gave their lives to fulfill this commitment, and they deserve our respect.

U.S. Army veteran Bob LeBlanc stands at attention as he views the name of a fallen soldier from his hometown on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
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U.S. Army veteran Bob LeBlanc stands at attention as he views the name of a fallen soldier from his hometown on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

4. It's important to ensure that the next generation understands our service members' sacrifice.

"I wanted to say thank you to those who gave their life," said United States Air Force Chaplain Cpt. Jeremy Bastian, who wants his son Eli to understand the importance of Memorial Day.
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"I wanted to say thank you to those who gave their life," said United States Air Force Chaplain Cpt. Jeremy Bastian, who wants his son Eli to understand the importance of Memorial Day.

5. Taps is played as a sign of respect for fallen comrades.

Soldiers of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place a small American flag before each grave marker for more than 220,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.
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Soldiers of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place a small American flag before each grave marker for more than 220,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

6. Never forget the sacrifice of the service members’ families.

We should be grateful to the families for their contributions and service to our country.
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We should be grateful to the families for their contributions and service to our country.

7. In the military, nothing is more important than the people you fight for, and the people you fight with.

Brothers in arms, until the very end.
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Brothers in arms, until the very end.

8. The legacy of the deceased lives on in our service members in their determination to complete the mission.

U.S. Army soldier Sgt. Stephen Whiting, a combat medic, wears a bracelet in memory of his late comrade, best friend and classmate, SPC Joseph White.
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U.S. Army soldier Sgt. Stephen Whiting, a combat medic, wears a bracelet in memory of his late comrade, best friend and classmate, SPC Joseph White.

9. It is our duty to make sure their sacrifice was not made in vain.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated to all soldiers who lost their lives on behalf of our country. There always is a soldier on guard at this memorial to protect and honor their legacy.
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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated to all soldiers who lost their lives on behalf of our country. There always is a soldier on guard at this memorial to protect and honor their legacy.

10. Mourn for the fallen but also celebrate the spirit of those who gave everything to preserve our way of life.

Be thou at peace.
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Be thou at peace.

Honor, reflect, and remember.

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