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Jackelynn Freund, 8, of San Diego, honors her grandmother, U.S. Navy veteran Jessie Coats, at her gravestone during a Memorial Day ceremony at the new Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Allen J. Schaben)

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Jackelynn Freund, 8, of San Diego, honors her grandmother, U.S. Navy veteran Jessie Coats, at her gravestone during a Memorial Day ceremony at the new Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Allen J. Schaben)

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  • World War II veteran Jesse R. Turner salutes while being comforted by Helen Marie Misel at a display of more than 1700 United States flags in Shawnee, Kan., Saturday, May 26, 2012. Turner served in the Army Air Corps. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
  • A man uprights a fallen flag at graves of military personnel and their families before Memorial Day ceremonies at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown N.J., Saturday, May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • Madeline Grace Wallace, 4, places a flag on a grave at National Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, May 25, 2012. The girl and her mother visited the cemetery to place flags for Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
  • Members of Boy Scout Troop 450 and 278 lead the parade carrying a large American flag during the Memorial Day observance ceremony at the Memphis National Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Saturday, May 26, 2012. For 29 years members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls have placed flags on the 42,000 graves at the Memphis National Cemetery during a ceremony honoring veterans for the Memorial Day Celebration. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Chris Desmond)
  • Matthew Russell, 11, from Memphis prepares to place American flags at the headstones of veterans during the Memorial Day observance ceremony at the Memphis National Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Saturday, May 26, 2012. For 29 years members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls have placed flags on the 42,000 graves at the Memphis National Cemetery during a ceremony honoring veterans for the Memorial Day Celebration.(AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Chris Desmond)
  • Eileen Rivkin, 64, kisses a gravestone of her father, Walter Rivkin, who died in World War II, at the Los Angeles National Cemetery in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, Saturday, May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • A Marine Corps carry team lifts a transfer case containing the remains of Cpl. Keaton G. Coffey during a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Saturday, May 26, 2012. According to the Department of Defense, Coffey, of Boring, Ore., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
  • American Robert Dryfoos, left, from Conn., with Khalil Diallo walks around layers of tombs after attending Memorial Day rites at the American Cemetery in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Sunday May 27, 2012. The cemetery site contains the largest number of U.S. military dead of World War II. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
  • Members of Boy Scout Troop 450 and 278 lead the parade carrying a large American flag during the Memorial Day observance ceremony at the Memphis National Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Saturday, May 26, 2012. For 29 years members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls have placed flags on the 42,000 graves at the Memphis National Cemetery during a ceremony honoring veterans for the Memorial Day Celebration. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Chris Desmond)
  • In this Saturday, May 26, 2012 photo, Christina Joyce of Girl Scout Troop 882 carries a candle while helping light candles before the 2012 2012 Fredericksburg National Cemetery Lumnaria at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Va. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Peter Cihelka)
  • In this Saturday, May 26, 2012 photo, scouts light up more than 17,000 candles before the 2012 Fredericksburg National Cemetery Lumnaria at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Va. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Peter Cihelka)
  • In this Saturday, May 26, 2012 photo, 9-year-old Annika Giese runs through the Fredericksburg National Cemetery before the 2012 Fredericksburg National Cemetery Lumnaria at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Va. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Peter Cihelka)
  • Michael Lappin, 4, of Anaheim looks for a spot to place his flag at Riverside National Cemetery, in Riverside County, Calif., on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Orange County volunteers placed 21,600 flags on veterans' graves in honor of Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Mindy Schauer)   MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
  • Jim Porn, of the Flint Marine Corps League, listens as Flint Mayor Dayne Walling speaks during a memorial ceremony at the Flint City Cemetery in Flint Township, Mich. on Saturday May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/MLive, Lathan Goumas)
  • Grand marshal of the parade, Major Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., the adjutant general of South Carolina, waves to the crowd during   the annual Memorial Day Parade on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, May 26, 2012.  (AP Photo/The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan)
  • Members of Boy Scout Troop 450 and 278 lead the parade carrying a large American flag during the Memorial Day observance ceremony at the Memphis National Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Saturday, May 26, 2012. For 29 years members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls have placed flags on the 42,000 graves at the Memphis National Cemetery during a ceremony honoring veterans for the Memorial Day Celebration. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Chris Desmond)
  • In this Saturday, May 26, 2012 photo, 9-year-old Annika Giese runs through the Fredericksburg National Cemetery before the 2012 Fredericksburg National Cemetery Lumnaria at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery in Fredericksburg, Va. (AP Photo/The Free Lance-Star, Peter Cihelka)
  • Catherine Gerdes, left, wife of U.S. Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Timothy Gerdes, who is stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, places United States flags on graves at Alexandria National Cemetery in Pineville, La., Saturday, May 26, 2012, in preparation for Monday's Memorial Day program. The Gerdes' children, Madeline, right, and her brothers Ethan, Colton and Natha help out. (AP Photo/The Daily Town Talk, Melinda Martinez) NO SALES
  • Members of the American Legion Post 184 a wreath at the Anderson County Veteran's Monument in Anderson, S.C. during a Memorial Day ceremony on Saturday, May 26, 2012  (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Sefton Ipock) THE GREENVILLE NEWS OUT, SENECA NEWS OUT
  • Doyle Burroughs, left, shows Turk Culberson his brother's name on the Anderson County Veteran's Monument in Anderson, S.C. before the start of a Memorial Day ceremony on Saturday, May 26, 2012.(AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Sefton Ipock) THE GREENVILLE NEWS OUT, SENECA NEWS OUT
  • Members of the Anderson Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol present the colors during a Memorial Day Ceremony in Anderson, S.C. on Saturday, May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Sefton Ipock) THE GREENVILLE NEWS OUT, SENECA NEWS OUT
  • Evalynn Israel, 9, of Palmdale, Calif., walks through the Arlington West Iraq War memorial in Santa Monica, Calif., Saturday, May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
  • A lone piper plays 'Amazing Grace' during Memorial Day ceremonies at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown N.J., Saturday, May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • People sit in lawn chairs among the graves of military personnel and their families during Memorial Day ceremonies at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Wrightstown N.J., Saturday, May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • Michael Lappin, 4, of Anaheim looks for a spot to place his flag at Riverside National Cemetery, in Riverside County, Calif., on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Orange County volunteers placed 21,600 flags on veterans' graves in honor of Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Mindy Schauer)   MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
  • Mackenzie Griffith, 3,  decorates a grave with a flag in honor of Memorial Day at Riverside National Cemetery, in Riverside County, Calif., on Saturday, May 26, 2012. Griffith was with a group of Orange County volunteers and her grandfather, a World War II veteran, R.V. Scott, is also buried there. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Mindy Schauer)   MAGS OUT; LOS ANGELES TIMES OUT
  • Members of the Flint Marine Corps League fire a three-volley salute at the conclusion of a memorial ceremony at the Flint City Cemetery in Flint Township, Mich. on Saturday May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/MLive, Lathan Goumas)
  • Jim Porn, of the Flint Marine Corps League, listens as Flint Mayor Dayne Walling speaks during a memorial ceremony at the Flint City Cemetery in Flint Township, Mich. on Saturday May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/MLive, Lathan Goumas)
  • Stevon Spears, 17 and members of Boy Scout Troop 445 salute the American flag during the Memorial Day observance ceremony at the Memphis National Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. Saturday, May 26, 2012. For 29 years members of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls have placed flags on the 42,000 graves at the Memphis National Cemetery during a ceremony honoring veterans for the Memorial Day Celebration. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Chris Desmond)
  • Grand marshal of the parade, Major Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., the adjutant general of South Carolina, waves to the crowd during   the annual Memorial Day Parade on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, May 26, 2012.  (AP Photo/The Sun News, Janet Blackmon Morgan)
  • Hope and Jerry Kolb waves flags as a national guard entry goes by with a pair of empty boots to symbolize the last in the annual Memorial Day Parade on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  on Saturday, May 26, 2012.  (AP Photo/The Sun News,Janet Blackmon Morgan )
  • Tom Azuma of Helena, Ala. pays respects to the grave of his foster father Eric Norton, who brought him to the United States from Japan, the day before Memorial Day at the Alabama National Cemetery Sunday, May 27, 2012, in Montevallo, Ala. Norton, who served in the USAF in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, died in January of 2011 three days shy of his 86th birthday. (AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Jeff Roberts )
  • Members of Rolling Thunder salute during the presentation of colors during the annual Rolling Thunder rally on the National Mall ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Don Kengerski salutes as members of the Marine Corps League Flint Detachment #155 present the colors during the 7th annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich., on Sunday May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/The Flint Journal, Lathan Goumas)
  • Jackelynn Freund, 8, of San Diego, honors her grandmother, U.S. Navy veteran Jessie Coats, at her gravestone during a Memorial Day ceremony at the new Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Allen J. Schaben)

Across the U.S. this weekend, Americans are honoring the fallen, veterans and military personnel in ceremonies and private remembrances.

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