US flags are planted on graces at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
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Veterans spoke to students in New York and New Jersey -- some of them alumni of the schools -- to remind students of the importance of remembering fallen US service members on Memorial Day. Some California second-graders placed flags on the graves of members of the military while students in Pennsylvania lined their school's driveway with 800 flags and read essays about freedom.

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