Veterans and active soldiers unfurled a 90-by-100-foot U.S. flag as the nation's top commander in the Middle East spoke to a Memorial Day crowd gathered in Central Park on Monday.
Navy Adm. William Fallon, commander of U.S. Central Command, said America should remember those whom the holiday honors.
"Their sacrifice has enabled us to enjoy the things that we, I think in many cases, take for granted," Fallon said.
Across the nation, flags snapped in the wind over decorated gravestones as relatives and friends paid tribute to their fallen soldiers.
That assembly was a nice reminder that Memorial Day isn't just a day off, or just the beginning of summer. It's also the time to observe those who've given their lives for this nation.