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Memorial Day

Visitors Pay Respects To Fallen Service Members On Memorial Day At Arlington National Cemetery Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images

We memorialize to preserve memory. A memory that binds us all and reminds us of what was sacrificed for what we have preserved and won.

Here are the Congressional Medal of Honor citations that span the award's history.

Pick a conflict and a name. Read the description of what they did. Contemplate what they gave so readily. Know that even they represent just a fraction of the valor, selflessness and commitment that has characterized our nation's warriors.

Take a moment today to offer thanks.

And remember.