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Capt. Dana Lyon's lies next to her husband's, Capt. David Lyon) coffin during transport back to the states from Afghanistan. The Air Force named the service's newest pre-positioning vessel after Capt. David Lyon, who died Dec. 27, 2013, in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy.

Capt. Dana Lyon's lies next to her husband's, Capt. David Lyon) coffin during transport back to the states from Afghanistan. The Air Force named the service's newest pre-positioning vessel after Capt. David Lyon, who died Dec. 27, 2013, in Kabul, Afghanistan, when a vehicle-born improvised explosive device was detonated near his convoy.

Marine Cpl. Todd Nicely walks with actor Gary Sinise. Nicely and his family have moved into a "smart home" in Lake Ozark, MO. built for his physical needs that allows him independence after (during his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2012) being injured when he stepped on an explosive device that ripped off his hands and lower legs. Money was raised partially by a concert given by Sinise's band to build the house. (credit courtesy of Chris Kuban)

Marine Cpl. Nicely Enjoying 'Smart' Home

Marine Cpl. Todd Nicely, of Arnold, and his family have moved into their new home at Lake Ozark, MO.

A mother captured this moment of her son tucked away in a corner with a picture of his father (SFC Benjamin Wise) who died in Afghanistan last January.

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Standing guard – no matter the weather condition – at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

Standing guard – no matter the weather condition – at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery

A 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldier places an American flag in front of fallen veteran’s grave stone at Arlington National Cemetery. Each year for the past 40 years, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment has honored America's fallen heroes by placing American flags at gravestones just prior to Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Sgt. Jose Torres)

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A 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldier places an American flag in front of fallen veteran’s grave stone at Arlington National Cemetery. Each year for the past 40 years, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment has honored America's fallen heroes by placing American flags at gravestones just prior to Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Sgt. Jose Torres)

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At long last, veteran receives his POW Medal

Dale Ellington, 91, who was a prisoner of war during World War II, finally received a POW Medal during a ceremony at the Veterans Home in Union Grove.

The night before the burial of her husband's (2nd Lt. James Cathey) body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of "Cat." This photographic series won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography.

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Mary McHugh at the grave of her fiance Sgt. James John Regan (who was killed by an IED explosion in Iraq, February 2007) at Arlington National Cemetery, May 27, 2007.

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U.S. Army Ranger Cpl. Josh Hargis was lying on a hospital bed in Afghanistan, hooked up to a breathing tube with his right hand heavily bandaged when he was awarded a Purple Heart for his valo. None of that, however, stopped Hargis, 24, from following military protocol and lifting his bandaged hand to salute the Ranger Regimental Commander who pinned the Purple Heart to his red, white and blue blanket.

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A tender moment shared between father & son after being reunited

U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Thwing of Cleveland waits in hiding behind the grand chair of Santa Claus, portrayed by Bob McClain, as Thwing's son Jordyn, 5, approaches to make the wish to be with his father for Christmas.

Santa grants 5-year-old Cleveland boy's wish, brings Army dad home for Christmas

Jordyn Thwing had only one request for Santa at Parmatown mall ... and the big guy comes through by reuniting him with his father, U.S. Army Sgt. Benjamin Thwing.

During the ceremony, Morgan Riddick, 3, of Woonsocket, R.I., son of Thomas Riddick, 30, leaned his head onto his father's leg.  Morgan was pulled away from his father after having a difficult time saying goodbye (www.boston.com/news).

During the ceremony, Morgan Riddick, 3, of Woonsocket, R.I., son of Thomas Riddick, 30, leaned his head onto his father's leg. Morgan was pulled away from his father after having a difficult time saying goodbye (www.boston.com/news).

Slain Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson's dog, Hawkeye, lies next to his casket during funeral services in Rockford, Iowa. Tumilson was one of 30 American soldiers killed in Afghanistan on August 6 when their helicopter was shot down during a mission to help fellow troops who had come under fire.

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