Every year on the last Monday of May, we salute the brave men and women of the Armed Forces who gave the ultimate sacrifice by defending our country. In Washington, D.C., home to the Vietnam Veteranâ€™s Memorial, the heroism of lost soldiers are honored year-round. Events leading up to the Day of Remembrance take place all weekend. Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment and service members from the ceremonial guards of the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Coast Guard gather at nearby Arlington National Cemetery to place flags on more than 25,000 graves. On Sunday, May 27, 2012, the National Memorial Day Concert takes place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise join the National Symphony Orchestra and other special guests for this PBS sponsored evening. The next day, starting at 2 p.m., the National Memorial Day Parade featuring marching bands, veteran units, patriotic floats and more take to Constitution Avenue once again to pay tribute to the fallen.
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