Honoring the courage of those who washed ashore on the beaches of Normandy on D Day, the perseverance of those who braved the harsh winter at Valley Forge during the height of the American Revolution, and the anonymous sacrifice of those lost on the battlefields defending freedom around the world, these American memorials pay tribute to the service men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
Sunrise peeks around the edge of the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, which is dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defense of the country since 1775.
The National D-Day Memorial honors D-Day veterans, especially the 19 men from Bedford who lost their lives June 6, 1944, during the allied invasion of Normandy during World War II.
The Korean War Memorial sits on the National Mall. "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met," reads inscription at the site.
An military honor guard presents the colors during a ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor at the World War II Memorial December 7, 2015.
At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall, the names of more than 58,000 names of US military members who died in the Vietnam War are engraved on the wall.
The National Memorial Arch sits in the center of Valley Forge Military Academy's park.
American flags adorn the graves of U.S. soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery in this 2015 photo. "Flags-In" has become an annual ceremony since the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) was designated to be an Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948.
U.S.S. Arizona survivor Louis Conter salutes the remembrance wall of the vessel during a memorial service in 2014. On the morning of December 7, 1941, a surprise military attack was conducted by aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy against the U.S. Pacific Fleet being moored in Pearl Harbor, marking the entry of the U.S. in World War II.
A member of the US Army Honor Guard stands at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.