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    Stephanie Montgomery of Atlanta, Georgia, lies on the ground while visiting her brother's grave, Army Staff Sgt. Thaddeus Montgomery, 29, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on May 28, 2012. Sgt. Montgomery died January 20 at Korengal Outpost, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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    Memorial Day 2012....Karen Clarkson at the Grave of her Son; Sgt Joel Clarkson, in Arlington Nat'l Cemetery.

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    Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Long, who was injured losing both legs while serving in Afghanistan, mourns at Arlington National Cemetery as American flags are placed in front of each headstone in preparation for Memorial Day, in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, May 26, 2011.

    #SEALOfHonor ......... Honoring Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford who selflessly sacrificed his life two years ago on July 29, 2012 in Afghanistan for our great Country. Please help me honor him so that he is not forgotten.

    U.S. Marine Cpl. Miroslav Kazimir stands up with the help of his wife Marcela while visiting a grave at the National Cemetery on Memorial Day on May 28, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. He had come to visit the grave of Marine Sgt. Sean Callahan who died in an IED attack in Afghanistan in April, 2011, the same attack that severely damaged both of Zazimir’s legs. He is currently undergoing long-term therapy at the military hospital in Bethesda, MD.

    People grieve at a gravesite in Section 60, an area where members of the U.S. military who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried, during Veterans Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on November 11, 2012. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

    A little boy sits and holds the hand of U.S. Army Sgt. Resolve Savage, from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, Arizona National Guard, while he pulls security outside of a hospital during a medical capabilities program and humanitarian assistance supply hand out in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan June 28, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham)

    U.S. Army Soldiers from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 158th Infantry Regiment, Arizona Army National Guard pull security outside of Forward Operating Base Kalagush, in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan June 16, 2007. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham)

    Staff Sgt. Charlie L. Bagwell, 28, of North Carolina. Bagwell was killed when his CH-47D Chinook Helicopter crashed near the Helmand Province, Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 30, 2007 by verbatim2006, via Flickr

    Army Sgt. Daniel J. Brown Died March 24, 2012 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 27, of Jerome, Idaho, assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.; died March 24 in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, of wounds caused by an improvised explosive device.

    Army SGT. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, North Carolina. Died October 1, 2012, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to 514th Military Police Company, 60th Troop Command, North Carolina National Guard, Winterville, North Carolina. Died in Khost, Khost Province, Afghanistan, of injuries suffered when an insurgent detonated a suicide vest while they were on dismounted patrol.

    Army Staff Sgt. Larry I. Rougle Died October 23, 2007 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 25, of West Jordan, Utah; assigned to 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy; died Oct. 23 in Sawtalo Sar Mountain, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was engaged by enemy small arms fire during combat operations.

    Soldier who died in Afghanistan left this note for his daughter...

    A Utah National Guard Soldier greets his wife and daughter after spending 9 months in Afghanistan.

    Spc. Sean Walsh~Died November 16, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 21, of San Jose, Calif.; assigned to 185th Military Police Battalion, 49th Military Police Brigade, California National Guard, Pittsburg, Calif.; died Nov. 16, at Camp Clark, Khowst province, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by indirect fire.

    Modern Medicine and War - William "Kyle" Carpenter lost most of his jaw and an eye when he fell on a grenade to shield a fellow Marine from the blast. His body shattered, one lung collapsed, the Marine lance corporal was nearly given up for dead after that 2010 Afghanistan firefight. Then he spent 2½ years in a hospital as doctors worked to rebuild his body Full Article:

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    Never forget what our soldiers have given up for each of us. Regardless of our political position, people have died or been dismembered in the efforts to protect freedom and fight tyranny.