WASHINGTON D.C. (NBC News) - The nation's capitol paused Monday in memory of the servicemen and women who gave their lives protecting this country.
Hundreds lined the streets of Washington, D.C. for the National Memorial Day Parade.
President Obama asked everyone to remember the fallen, not just this day, but always.
"Let it be our task every single one of us to honor the strength the resolve and the love these brave Americans felt for us," he said.
He recognized this Memorial Day is expected to be the last of the conflict in Afghanistan, and at the Tomb of the Unknowns, the president laid a wreath.
Veterans gathered at memorials around the Capitol and grieved for friends lost in battle.
At the 9/11 memorial in New York Carolyn Brown helped lay a wreath. She lost her brother in the 2001 terrorist's attacks that compelled so many to enlist.
"It's important to remember why we can stand here and be alive and free," Brown said.
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