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We pause to remember the men and women who have given their lives in the military service of the United States -- the soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen whose  sacrifice has enabled us to enjoy the cookouts, parades and this long holiday weekend.

• It's worth boning up on the history of Memorial Day, per the VA.

• And taking a look behind the scenes at the soldiers who safeguard the Tomb of the Unknowns.

• You can view Adm. Mullen's Memorial Day video message here.

• NPR gives just one example of the terrible cost that our service members pay: Married couple Max and Kim Voelz both served with the 703rd Explosive Ordnance Detachment and they deployed together to Iraq in 2003. Kim did not come home.


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