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All Eyes photo gallery: On Memorial Day, the nation pays tribute to its war dead

Today we remember and honor all the service men and women who died in service of their country.

The first official observance of Memorial Day was May 28, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. 

After World War I, the holiday was extended to all soldiers who had fallen in all American wars.

Here are some of our Memorial Day articles:

• Since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the remains of those military personnel killed at the Pentagon and nearly 7,000 killed in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere around the globe have arrived at Dover Air Force Base, Del., to be identified and turned over to their families. John Harper talks about the high toll that work takes on those who serve there.

• Just days before William Branch left for a second combat tour in Vietnam, his wife bought him a black leather Bible. Last year, his daughter found it packed away in a box labeled "memories." In this piece, Jennifer Denard remembers her fallen father, verse by verse. 

Columnist John Romano writes about the letters exchanged by Thomas Murphy of St. Petersburg and his 19-year-old son, Army Pfc. Mike Murphy, as he was days away from taking part in one of Vietnam's most infamous battles. 




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