PHOTO GALLERY: Memorial Day observed across U.S.
By The Associated Press
May 28, 2012 | 1:32 p.m. CDTAmericans observed Memorial Day with ceremonies at the Arlington National Cemetery, parades and by placing flags at the grave markers of veterans.
President Barack Obama, left, walks in with Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, center, Commander of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, for the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, in Arlington, Va. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/The Associated Press
Boy Scout Andrew Conquest of Brandon, Miss., looks for grave markers without a flag, at the Vicksburg National Cemetery, Friday. Conquest and members of his troop joined with other volunteers to place more than 18,000 small American flags on the graves of the Union soldiers and other military in the cemetery. | Rogelio V. Solis/The Associated Press
Madeline Grace Wallace, 4, carries flags at the National Cemetery in Little Rock, Ark., Friday. The girl and her mother visited the cemetery to place flags on graves for Memorial Day.
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. 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. | Chris Desmond/The Commercial Appeal
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. | Anja Niedringhaus/The Associated Press
A bouquet of flowers in a can wrapped in a photo is seen as visitors pause along the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, Monday in Washington. | Carolyn Kaster/The Associated Press
Marine Capts. Brady Bustin, of Des Moines, Iowa, left, and Sean Wills, of Herndon, Va., toast fallen Marine 1st Lt. Nicholas Madrazo, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery, Monday. Madrazo, of Bothell, Wash., was killed Sept. 9, 2008, by a roadside bomb in Parwan province, Afghanistan. | Cliff Owen/The Associated Press
John Ryan, of Oriskady, N.Y., places roses at the grave of a soldier he did not know in Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va. | Cliff Owen/The Associated Press