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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with Bonnie Carroll, president of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, while welcoming more than 350 TAPS members to the Pentagon, May 27, 2016, for a night of fun and remembrance to coincide with Memorial Day weekend. TAPS offers support to people who have lost a family member serving in the military. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
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American flags placed during "Flags In" stand in front of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 26, 2016. Army photo by Rachel Larue
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Midshipmen are commissioned as Navy ensigns at the graduation and commissioning at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, May 27, 2016. Navy photo
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President Barack Obama addresses service members and their families at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, May 27, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Justin Fisher
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Twenty-six nations were represented at the fourth annual Land Forces Pacific Symposium and Exhibition, held in Honolulu May 24-26, 2016. LANPAC is a professional development forum sponsored by the Association of the United States Army Institute of Land Warfare. The event enabled U.S. Army, State Department, joint and regional partners to discuss the critical roles of the land forces in the Indo-Asia Pacific region. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brandon C. McIntosh
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter gives a coin to a young bystander attending the Rolling Thunder demonstration ride at the Pentagon's north parking lot, May 29, 2016. The motorcycle ride and rally honors prisoners of war, Americans missing in action and all who have served. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Defense Secretary Ash Carter gives a coin to a young bystander attending the Rolling Thunder demonstration ride at the Pentagon's north parking lot, May 29, 2016. The motorcycle ride and rally honors prisoners of war, Americans missing in action and all who have served. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
On Memorial Day, America honors the men and women who have given their lives in service to the nation.
On Memorial Day, America honors the men and women who have given their lives in service to the nation.
Every year on the last Monday in May, the nation pauses to recognize the U.S. military's men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. In this special report, the Defense Department shows how it honors the fallen while thanking military families and veterans in observances around the world.
Every year on the last Monday in May, the nation pauses to recognize the U.S. military's men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. In this special report, the Defense Department shows how it honors the fallen while thanking military families and veterans in observances around the world.
Rolling Thunder participants gather at the Pentagon's north parking lot, May 29, 2016. Started as a way to bring attention to the POW/MIA situation after the Vietnam War, the demonstration ride honors prisoners of war, Americans missing in action and all who have served. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Rolling Thunder participants gather at the Pentagon's north parking lot, May 29, 2016. Started as a way to bring attention to the POW/MIA situation after the Vietnam War, the demonstration ride honors prisoners of war, Americans missing in action and all who have served. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Defense Secretary Ash Carter kicks off the 29th Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom at the Pentagon's north parking lot, May 29, 2016. The demonstration, always on the Sunday before Memorial Day, honors prisoners of war, Americans missing in action and all who have served. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Defense Secretary Ash Carter kicks off the 29th Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom at the Pentagon's north parking lot, May 29, 2016. The demonstration, always on the Sunday before Memorial Day, honors prisoners of war, Americans missing in action and all who have served. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and other DoD leaders hosted a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, event at the Pentagon, May 27, 2016. The event gathered families for a night of fun and remembrance to coincide with Memorial Day weekend. TAPS supports those who have lost a family member in the military.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and other DoD leaders hosted a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, event at the Pentagon, May 27, 2016. The event gathered families for a night of fun and remembrance to coincide with Memorial Day weekend. TAPS supports those who have lost a family member in the military.
Graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy toss their hats after their commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2016. Defense Secretary Ash Carter provided remarks during the event. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy toss their hats after their commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2016. Defense Secretary Ash Carter provided remarks during the event. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on defense.gov during a seven-day period.
Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on defense.gov during a seven-day period.
Linda Hirano, left, a Wahiawa Rainbow Seniors volunteer, helps Army Pfc. Vanessa Sheika make a lei in Honolulu, May 27, 2016. Soldiers teamed with the senior citizens group to make nearly 1,900 leis to place on headstones at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery for Memorial Day. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R Limon
Linda Hirano, left, a Wahiawa Rainbow Seniors volunteer, helps Army Pfc. Vanessa Sheika make a lei in Honolulu, May 27, 2016. Soldiers teamed with the seniors group to make nearly 1,900 leis to place on headstones at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery for Memorial Day. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R Limon
Soldiers pay their respects after placing a small American flag in front of a headstone during "Flags In," an annual event before Memorial Day honoring our nation’s fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard
Soldiers pay their respects after placing a small American flag in front of a headstone during "Flags In," an annual event before Memorial Day honoring our nation’s fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, chief of staff of Egypt's armed forces, participate in official military discussions at the Pentagon, May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, chief of staff of Egypt's armed forces, participate in official military discussions at the Pentagon, May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Paratroopers descend and land on Malemute drop zone during air transportability training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 19, 2016. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena
Paratroopers descend and land on Malemute drop zone during air transportability training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 19, 2016. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Gina Danals plays with a child at Crown Heights Library in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 26, 2016, as part of the Brooklyn Library Read Aloud Program during Fleet Week New York. The event enables citizens to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and observe the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Isaiah Sellers III
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Gina Danals plays with a child at Crown Heights Library in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 26, 2016, as part of the Brooklyn Library Read Aloud Program during Fleet Week New York. The event enables citizens to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and observe the latest capabilities of today's mar ...More
Defense Secretary Ash Carter gives a coin to a young bystander attending the Rolling Thunder demonstration ride at the Pentagon's north parking lot, May 29, 2016. The motorcycle ride and rally honors prisoners of war, Americans missing in action and all who have served. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
On Memorial Day, America honors the men and women who have given their lives in service to the nation.
Every year on the last Monday in May, the nation pauses to recognize the U.S. military's men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. In this special report, the Defense Department shows how it honors the fallen while thanking military families and veterans in observances around the world.
Rolling Thunder participants gather at the Pentagon's north parking lot, May 29, 2016. Started as a way to bring attention to the POW/MIA situation after the Vietnam War, the demonstration ride honors prisoners of war, Americans missing in action and all who have served. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Defense Secretary Ash Carter kicks off the 29th Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom at the Pentagon's north parking lot, May 29, 2016. The demonstration, always on the Sunday before Memorial Day, honors prisoners of war, Americans missing in action and all who have served. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and other DoD leaders hosted a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, event at the Pentagon, May 27, 2016. The event gathered families for a night of fun and remembrance to coincide with Memorial Day weekend. TAPS supports those who have lost a family member in the military.
Graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy toss their hats after their commencement ceremony in Annapolis, Md., May 27, 2016. Defense Secretary Ash Carter provided remarks during the event. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Week in Photos is a collection of the best images published on defense.gov during a seven-day period.
Linda Hirano, left, a Wahiawa Rainbow Seniors volunteer, helps Army Pfc. Vanessa Sheika make a lei in Honolulu, May 27, 2016. Soldiers teamed with the senior citizens group to make nearly 1,900 leis to place on headstones at the Schofield Barracks Post Cemetery for Memorial Day. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R Limon
Soldiers pay their respects after placing a small American flag in front of a headstone during "Flags In," an annual event before Memorial Day honoring our nation’s fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, right, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Lt. Gen. Mahmoud Hegazy, chief of staff of Egypt's armed forces, participate in official military discussions at the Pentagon, May 26, 2016. DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Paratroopers descend and land on Malemute drop zone during air transportability training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 19, 2016. Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Gina Danals plays with a child at Crown Heights Library in Brooklyn, N.Y., May 26, 2016, as part of the Brooklyn Library Read Aloud Program during Fleet Week New York. The event enables citizens to meet sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and observe the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Isaiah Sellers III
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