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Americans honor troops for Memorial Day

2012-05-28 07:54:47 GMT2012-05-28 15:54:47(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

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)

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)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, walks behind an honor guard 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)

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, 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)

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)

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 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)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)
With Arlington National Cemetery as their backdrop, motorcycle riders take part in the 25th annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run in Washington May 27, 2012. The event attracts thousands of riders for the annual motorcycle rally, held during the Memorial Day weekend to bring attention to the plight of U.S. prisoners of war (POWs) and members of the military listed as missing in action (MIAs). REUTERSWith Arlington National Cemetery as their backdrop, motorcycle riders take part in the 25th annual Rolling Thunder First Amendment Demonstration Run in Washington May 27, 2012. The event attracts thousands of riders for the annual motorcycle rally, held during the Memorial Day weekend to bring attention to the plight of U.S. prisoners of war (POWs) and members of the military listed as missing in action (MIAs). REUTERS

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for Americans who have died in service for their country.

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