Families and veterans observed Memorial Day with ceremonies and parades across the country.

In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke during an observance at the city’s National Cemetery, where family members placed flowers on loved ones’ graves.

In Virginia, President Donald Trump marked his second Memorial Day as commander-in-chief by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a solemn ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Alex Vigueras, A Vietnam veteran from Lawndale, places his hat over his heart as he says the pledge of allegiance during the Los Angeles National Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.
World War II veteran Yoshito Fujimoto, who just turned 100 years old, and who lives in El Monte, attends the Memorial Day ceremony at Los Angeles National Cemetery.
Chris Rake, from Newbury Park, prays near a gravestone in the Los Angeles National Cemetery. Rake says that he did not know the soldier whom he prayed over, but that he feels he owes a debt of gratitude to those killed.
Krista Meinert, of Fort Atkinson, Wis., cleans the headstone of her son, Jacob, who was killed in Afghanistan, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Gold Star Wife Bonnie White attends a Memorial Day observance ceremony at the National Guard Armory in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Christian Jacobs, 7, of Hertford, N.C., tends the gravesite of his father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, at Arlington National Cemetery.

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