On Memorial Day, we pause to remember members of the Armed Forces who have died fighting for our country. From the first wars that gained our independence to the current conflict in the Middle East, brave men and women have given their lives in battle.
More than 6600 service members have died since the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
began more than a decade ago. It can feel like an overwhelming number, and sometimes it's easy to gloss past the individual names and faces of those who have died. But, of course, each one of those individuals is worth remembering. Their stories, their pride in serving, their smiles – these are surely the things their families are thinking of today as they mark another Memorial Day without their loved ones.
As we tip our hats to all who have fought and died, we look at a few of those proud faces. Today, we're featuring one service member from each U.S. state and territory who has died in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Written by Linnea Crowther