Events and memorials were planned across the United States Monday for Memorial Day, a national holiday dedicated to remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
U.S. Calvary Buffalo Soldiers honor the fallen at Evergreen Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 in Colorado Springs.
In Colorado Springs two events were held at Evergreen Cemetery, which is near Hancock and Fountain.
Hundreds of balloons were released at noon from the cemetery in remembrance of those whose lives have been lost in battle. People who gathered for the ceremony were allowed to write the names of loved ones - or a message - on those balloons before they were released.
Earlier in the day dozens gathered to watch as U.S. Calvary Buffalo Soldiers dedicated a moment of silence for all those who gave their lives fighting for our country - including a Buffalo Soldier buried there.
In our nation's capital Monday morning, U.S. soldiers placed a rose on every grave and a flag at each headstone at Arlington National Cemetery.
President Obama also spent the morning at Arlington National Cemetery, honoring fallen soldiers and thanking service members who are still fighting for our country. As part of the annual ceremony, the president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
"More than 60,000 of our fellow Americans still serve far from home in Afghanistan," President Obama said. "They're still going out on patrol, still living in spartan forward-operating bases, still risking their lives to carry out their mission. When they give their lives they are still being laid to rest in cemeteries in quiet corners of our country."
The president and first lady also hosted a White House breakfast for the families of service members who have been killed.
At 3 p.m. local time, there was a national Moment of Remembrance - one minute of silence to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.
Other celebrations in Washington, D.C. included a Memorial Day concert outside the U.S. Capitol building Saturday evening and the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom honoring prisoners of war and soldiers still missing in action.