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Memorial Day 2021: Stars honor military personnel who have fallen

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Memorial Day honors those who have fallen during military action in the United States. 

The country took in a three day weekend while reflecting on those whose lives were cut short as graves were visited and families mourned.

President Joe Biden spoke during the National Memorial Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday in Arlington, Virginia.

And celebrities took to social media to pay their respects to those who served their country as they quoted authors and posted images from Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Powerful image: Mark Wahlberg shared a photo of a soldier putting flags on graves as he said: 'Respect. Honor. Remember. ❤️ They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. — For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon'

Powerful image: Mark Wahlberg shared a photo of a soldier putting flags on graves as he said: ‘Respect. Honor. Remember. ❤️ They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. — For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon’

A patriot: Wahlberg seen in a cap and T-shirt earlier this year in Australia

A patriot: Wahlberg seen in a cap and T-shirt earlier this year in Australia

Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, Rob Lowe, Kris Jenner, Alex Rodriguez, Viola David, Jessie James Decker, Niecy Nash and Leah Remini were just some of the few who wrote special notes to those who gave their lives.

Mark shared a photo of a soldier putting flags on graves as he said: ‘Respect. Honor. Remember. ❤️ They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 

‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. — For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon.’

The 49-year-old Shooter actor added, ‘Sharing this powerful photo by Gordon Lau.’

Reese Witherspoon said on her Draper James Instagram page: ‘Land of the free because of the brave.’

Kris Jenner of Keeping Up With The Kardashians shared a photo of a US flag with this note: ‘Today we remember the heroes who have fallen, the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country and our freedom. We honor them today, and thank them and their families. #MemorialDay.’

For the brave: Reese Witherspoon said on her Draper James Instagram page: 'Land of the free because of the brave'

For the brave: Reese Witherspoon said on her Draper James Instagram page: ‘Land of the free because of the brave’

Lady in red: Witherspoon at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station in April in downtown Los Angeles

Lady in red: Witherspoon at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards at Union Station in April in downtown Los Angeles

Rob Lowe shared a photo of American flags as he said: ‘This weekend is not about eating hot dogs with friends and family and going to the beach or pool. It’s about honoring those who paid the ultimate price allowing us to do those things. WE REMEMBER YOU!’

Jessie James Decker was seen planting in her garden as she wore a tank top and ripped jeans.

‘Once again, I’ve teamed up with @USAA to raise awareness for the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring the service and sacrifice of fallen military members and their loved ones across the country,’ began the country singer who is married to former football player Eric Decker. 

Remember: Rob Lowe shared a photo of American flags as he said: 'This weekend is not about eating hot dogs with friends and family and going to the beach or pool. It’s about honoring those who paid the ultimate price allowing us to do those things. WE REMEMBER YOU!'

Remember: Rob Lowe shared a photo of American flags as he said: ‘This weekend is not about eating hot dogs with friends and family and going to the beach or pool. It’s about honoring those who paid the ultimate price allowing us to do those things. WE REMEMBER YOU!’

So A-Rod of him: Jennifer Lopez's ex Alex Rodriguez posted an image of himself on the baseball field with the American flag and members of the military in front of him. 'Today we honor the brave men and women of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We are forever indebted and grateful. #MemorialDay,' said the father of two who used to play with the Yankees

So A-Rod of him: Jennifer Lopez’s ex Alex Rodriguez posted an image of himself on the baseball field with the American flag and members of the military in front of him. ‘Today we honor the brave men and women of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We are forever indebted and grateful. #MemorialDay,’ said the father of two who used to play with the Yankees

From America's momager: Kris Jenner said, ''Today we remember the heroes who have fallen'

From America’s momager: Kris Jenner said, ”Today we remember the heroes who have fallen’

‘This holiday has always been super important to me because I come from a military family, and I understand the importance of the sacrifice that service members have to make.’

The Kittenish designer added, ‘This year before leaving, I planted a poppy flower to commemorate the many men and women who have given their lives fighting for their country and to honor my paw paw Tim who also went by the name Poppy. Help me pay tribute to them and their families by posting pictures with #HonorThroughAction today. #USAAPartner.’

Leah Remini of the TV show King Of Queens said: ‘“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” May we remember & honor them.’ 

Sonja Morgan from RHONY was seen in Virginia with a burning wood pile.

The past: Viola Davis, 55, of The Help shared a video. 'In the words of my daughter, Genesis Tennon, "You can't educate if you're not educated." So....here's some education on this beautiful #MemorialDay! Be blessed❤ @history'

The past: Viola Davis, 55, of The Help shared a video. ‘In the words of my daughter, Genesis Tennon, “You can’t educate if you’re not educated.” So….here’s some education on this beautiful #MemorialDay! Be blessed❤ @history’

Helping: Jessie James Decker was seen planting in her garden as she wore a tank top and ripped jeans. 'Once again, I’ve teamed up with @USAA to raise awareness for the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring the service and sacrifice of fallen military members and their loved ones across the country,' began the country singer who is married to former football player Eric Decker

Helping: Jessie James Decker was seen planting in her garden as she wore a tank top and ripped jeans. ‘Once again, I’ve teamed up with @USAA to raise awareness for the true meaning of Memorial Day – honoring the service and sacrifice of fallen military members and their loved ones across the country,’ began the country singer who is married to former football player Eric Decker

Family: She added, 'to honor my paw paw Tim who also went by the name Poppy. Help me pay tribute to them and their families by posting pictures with #HonorThroughAction today. #USAAPartner'

Family: She added, ‘to honor my paw paw Tim who also went by the name Poppy. Help me pay tribute to them and their families by posting pictures with #HonorThroughAction today. #USAAPartner’

‘In #Virginia with family for the #MemorialDay weekend. Where are you guys?’ she said.

And then she shared a photo from Arlington Cemetery. ‘Give thanks to everyone who fought for our freedom and sacrificed their lives. I am thinking of all family members who have lost a loved one. ❤️ Remember our hero’s. Always. Please comment below if you lost a brave hero. #memorialday #USA #Freedom #ProudAmerican.’

Niecy Nash shared a drawing of a solider: ‘This MEMORIAL DAY ….Remembering those Black soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for a nation that did not honor them. We don’t KNOW them all but we OWE them all.’

For all: Niecy Nash shared a drawing of a solider: 'This MEMORIAL DAY ....Remembering those Black soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for a nation that did not honor them. We don't KNOW them all but we OWE them all'

For all: Niecy Nash shared a drawing of a solider: ‘This MEMORIAL DAY ….Remembering those Black soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for a nation that did not honor them. We don’t KNOW them all but we OWE them all’

From VA: Sonja Morgan from RHONY was seen in Virginia with a burning wood pile. 'In #Virginia with family for the #MemorialDay weekend. Where are you guys?' she said

From VA: Sonja Morgan from RHONY was seen in Virginia with a burning wood pile. ‘In #Virginia with family for the #MemorialDay weekend. Where are you guys?’ she said

Touching: Leah Remini of the TV show King Of Queens said: '“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” May we remember & honor them'

Touching: Leah Remini of the TV show King Of Queens said: ‘“Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.” May we remember & honor them’

Jennifer Lopez’s ex Alex Rodriguez posted an image of himself on the baseball field with the American flag and members of the military in front of him.

‘Today we honor the brave men and women of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. We are forever indebted and grateful. #MemorialDay,’ said the father of two who used to play with the Yankees. 

Viola Davis, 55, of The Help shared a video.

‘In the words of my daughter, Genesis Tennon, “You can’t educate if you’re not educated.” So….here’s some education on this beautiful #MemorialDay! Be blessed❤ @history.’

Honoring those who passed: President Joe Biden speaks during the National Memorial Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia

Honoring those who passed: President Joe Biden speaks during the National Memorial Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Arlington, Virginia

Matthew McConaughey’s wife Camila noted: ‘Home of the free because of the brave…May the bravery of our nation’s soldiers who fought for our freedom forever be remembered and their strength and love remain with their loved ones. Have a safe and special everyone! ❤️’

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. 

Two other days celebrate those who have served or are serving in the U.S. military: Armed Forces Day (which is earlier in May), an unofficial U.S. holiday for honoring those currently serving in the armed forces, and Veterans Day (on November 11), which honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.