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Memorial Day: Nation Commemorates Its Fallen in a History of War

© AFP 2021 / NOEL CELISA woman walks amongst the graves of soldiers who fell during World War II, searching for a grave of a relative during a service to mark US Memorial Day at the Manila American Cemetery
A woman walks amongst the graves of soldiers who fell during World War II, searching for a grave of a relative during a service to mark US Memorial Day at the Manila American Cemetery - Sputnik International
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Today, Americans came together in the nation’s annual tribute to veterans that have been lost in the various wars throughout the country’s history.

At Arlington National Cemetery, President Barack Obama gave his annual Memorial Day speech. The president said that he had just returned from meeting troops in Afghanistan where, he said, the war would soon come to an end. 

The traditional ceremony was attended by members of Congress, cabinet members and other Washington VIPs as well as a large gathering of others.

Memorial Day festivities also included marches by family members and friends of fallen soldiers…

…and cap off a weekend of activities that include Rolling Thunder, in which thousands of motorcyclists — with many veterans among them — converge on Washington, riding from the Pentagon to the National Mall to demonstrate their own commemoration.

While there were celebrations around the country, some activists wanted to return attention to the "fallen" African-Americans killed at the hands of police officers around the country such as those who disrupted the Memorial Day activities at Coney Island in New York. 

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