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Some Things To Think About This Memorial Day (48 Pics & 2 Videos)

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To many, Memorial Day is just another excuse for a three day weekend. However, the true meaning of Memorial Day goes far beyond barbecues and car sales.

The holiday began after the Civil War and at that time was known as “Decoration Day.” While it was originally founded to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War, today, Memorial Day is a day to honor all of the Americans who have died in military service.

We hope you take a moment from your extended weekend of cook outs and leisure to reflect on the sacrifices of the American soldiers who have given their lives for this great nation.

With that in mind we have tried to find some of the funniest and most touching memorial day photos and memes on the internet to help you reflect on the true meaning of the holiday. We hope you enjoy it.

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A  mourner, believed to be Air Force Reserve Captain Teresa Dutcher lays at the grave of Corporal Michael Avery Pursel at Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington, Virginia.  She visits the cematery at the conclusion of the "Flags In" on May 24, 2012.   Each year for the past 40 years, the 3rd U.S. Infantry or "Old Guard" honors America's war dead by placing American flags at the gravestones of service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery prior to Memorial Day weekend.   The tradition, known as "flags in," is conducted annually by the 3rd U.S. Infantry, the Army's official ceremonial unit. Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry participates, placing a small American flag one foot in front and centered before each grave marker over a three-hour period.  During this time, the soldiers place flags in front of more than 260,000 gravestones.

A mourner, believed to be Air Force Reserve Captain Teresa Dutcher lays at the grave of Corporal Michael Avery Pursel at Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington, Virginia. She visits the cematery at the conclusion of the “Flags In” on May 24, 2012.
Each year for the past 40 years, the 3rd U.S. Infantry or “Old Guard” honors America’s war dead by placing American flags at the gravestones of service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery prior to Memorial Day weekend.
The tradition, known as “flags in,” is conducted annually by the 3rd U.S. Infantry, the Army’s official ceremonial unit. Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry participates, placing a small American flag one foot in front and centered before each grave marker over a three-hour period. During this time, the soldiers place flags in front of more than 260,000 gravestones.

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Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11, 2013. Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST OBITUARY) - RTR3EUTW

Lesleigh Coyer, 25, of Saginaw, Michigan, lies down in front of the grave of her brother, Ryan Coyer, who served with the U.S. Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia March 11, 2013. Coyer died of complications from an injury sustained in Afghanistan.
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST OBITUARY) – RTR3EUTW

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