Honoring Heroes Past and Present

Army Pfc. Johnny Allen places an American flag in front of a marker in Section 12 during the “Flags In” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 21, 2015. Allen is assigned to the U.S. Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry, Company C, known as the Old Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue)
Army Pfc. Johnny Allen places an American flag in front of a marker in Section 12 during the “Flags In” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., May 21, 2015. Allen is assigned to the U.S. Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry, Company C, known as the Old Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue)
Posted May 22, 2015 at 4:18pm

On Memorial Day we honor the men and women who lived and died for their country. In preparation for this day of remembrance, members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment place American flags at the graves of U.S. soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Similar observances and tributes around the nation help us remember the service and sacrifice of our fallen military members.  

On this day we also pay tribute to all those who continue to bravely serve both in the U.S. and around the globe. That’s more than 2 million men and women who serve in America’s all-volunteer military force and another 3 million who are their husbands, wives, sons and daughters.  

Some of their stories have been collected in a new documentary that takes an in-depth look at a new generation of military family that has learned to cope with having loved ones deployed for multiple tours over many years. Understanding the challenges for those deployed, and families left at home, is another way to pay tribute this Memorial Day and all year.  

Here’s a sneak peak at the documentary ‘The Homefront ’, which will air on PBS at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.