Americans are pausing Monday to remember the sacrifices of men and women who gave their lives for their country.
Boy Scouts in Albuquerque, N.M., marked Memorial Day by placing flags on the graves of every veteran buried at Sunset Memorial Park.
At a southern California beach, crosses were placed in the sand in remembrance of the fallen heroes who lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And in Arlington, Va., children of fallen soldiers united to remember their parents. The event is part of the Tragedy Assistance Program (TAPS) and included the release of balloons with emotional messages, like "I love you... I miss you... I really want you to come back to earth."
One little boy sent a message to his dad saying, "I love you, and you love me."
"It seems to help him because he feels he's closer to his dad because he's able to send that message, and there's a way to get it there," one attendee said.
The children feel the balloons get their messages just a little closer to heaven.