The U.S. celebrated Memorial Day on Monday, honoring Americans who died while serving the country. The U.S. Department of Defense and the branches of the U.S. military shared videos honoring the day.
The U.S. Department of Defense shared a video of soldiers posting miniature flags at the graves of those who died in service to the county.
“Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, Omaha Beach, Salerno, Guadalcanal, the Chosin Reservoir, the jungles of Vietnam, and the deserts and mountains of Iraq and Afghanistan,” the video’s narrator states. “What they gave us is beyond our power to repay. So all we can do is remember them.”
“We see them in our minds as old and wise, when most of them were so young,” the narration continues. “And when they died, they gave up two lives: the one they were living, and the one they would have lived. No weapon in the world is more formidable than the will and courage of free men and women. The price for this freedom, at times, has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.”
“There are those who say that we are in a time when there are no heroes. They just don’t know where to look,” the narration concludes as the video pans over a cemetery full of veterans graves.
The U.S. Army shared the same video, as well as several other posts for Memorial Day.
Today, let us take time to reflect on those we’ve lost. We honor their courage, devotion and sacrifice.
— U.S. Army (@USArmy) May 25, 2020
“On this #MemorialDay, we recognize those who came before us and made the ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to honor your legacy and thank you for your service by continuing the watch,” the U.S. Navy tweeted.
On this #MemorialDay, we recognize those who came before us and made the ultimate sacrifice. We will continue to honor your legacy and thank you for your service by continuing the watch. #HonorTheFallen pic.twitter.com/BmE9LHfK9B
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) May 25, 2020
The Navy’s video included footage of historic naval combat and a burial at sea ceremony, along with the caption: “On this Memorial Day we continue the watch.” The Navy video then cut to footage of the modern Navy carrying out operations at sea.
The National Guard also shared historic military footage in its Memorial Day post.
“On #MemorialDay , we remember and honor all of the members of the armed forces who’ve lost their lives in service to our country,” the National Guard tweeted.
— National Guard (@NationalGuard) May 25, 2020
“This #MemorialDay, we pause to honor our fallen brothers and sisters. We will always remember their sacrifices for our nation,” the U.S. Marine Corps tweeted with footage of historic Marine Corps military operations.
— U.S. Marines (@USMC) May 25, 2020
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jeremy Guenet shared a video message for one of the Air Force’s Memorial Day posts.
— U.S. Air Force (@usairforce) May 25, 2020
In a three minute video, Guenet described the origin of Memorial Day as a national holiday, as well as the practice of decorating the graves of fallen service members.
“The origin of Memorial Day is complex, but the practice of decorating soldiers’ graves with flags and flowers is an ancient tradition,” Guenet said. “This practice continued in the United States both before and after our civil war. In 1868, a proclamation was issued calling it ‘Decoration Day.’ Gradually it came to be known as Memorial Day.”
Guenet explained that Memorial Day was originally celebrated on May 30, but after several decades, it was changed to be celebrated on the final Monday in May.
On Monday, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff posted a video narrated by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley paying tribute to more than one million U.S. service members who died in the line of duty.
“#GenMilley: This #MemorialDay, we pause to honor the more than 1 million Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice since the founding of our nation. We remember their courage. We remember their selfless service & we remember how they lived. Watch his full tribute to #HonorThem.,” the Joint Chiefs account tweeted.
Gen. Jay Raymond, the commander of the newly formed U.S. Space Force re-shared the video.
“On this #MemorialDay2020, we pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great Nation. Let us never forget their courage, selfless service & devotion to safeguarding our freedoms. #HonorOurFall,” Raymond tweeted.
On this #MemorialDay2020, we pause to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our great Nation. Let us never forget their courage, selfless service & devotion to safeguarding our freedoms. #HonorOurFallen https://t.co/qvf0zeyfOj
— Gen. Jay Raymond (@SpaceForceCSO) May 25, 2020
“Today we pause and reflect upon all who have given their lives in the ongoing effort to protect our freedom. We will never forget them,” the U.S. Coast Guard tweeted on Monday.
— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) May 25, 2020
The Coast Guard post included a photo of the Naval Jack of the United States, a flag of a blue field and 50 white stars similar to the American flag, but missing the red and white stripes.
On Friday, the Arlington National Cemetery shared a video of U.S. service members, armed with backpacks full of miniature flags, entering the cemetery to mark each of the graves.
Arlington National Cemetery shared another video on Monday of various families entering the cemetery to honor the graves, which had all been marked.