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Published May 28, 2012, 12:00 AM

GALLERY: Memorial Day


President Barack Obama, and Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, lowers their heads during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

  • President Barack Obama, and Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, lowers their heads during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, observes Memorial Day by reading a letter written by an American soldier to his family before he died earlier this year, at the ISAF headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, May 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
  • 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)
  • A Marine salutes as motorcycles drive past during the annual Rolling Thunder parade ahead of Memorial Day in Washington, Sunday, May 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Members of the Flint Marine Corps League stand at ease on a hill over looking at memorial ceremony at the Flint City Cemetery in Flint Township, Mich. on Saturday May 26, 2012. (AP Photo/MLive, Lathan Goumas)
  • 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)
  • President Barack Obama, center, with Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, left, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2012, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
  • Madeline Grace Wallace, 4, carries flags at the National Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark., Friday, May 25, 2012. The girl and her mother visited the cemetery to place flags on graves for Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • President Barack Obama, center, Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, right, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington arrive for the Memorial Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, May 28, 2012. Walking behind them is first lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)