These Emotional Photos Show The Real Reason For Memorial Day

Somber images remind us that this isn’t just another day off work

Every year on Memorial Day, the nation remembers those who’ve died while serving our country. The day is marked in somber ceremonies and celebrations around the U.S., offering photographers a chance to capture the quiet moments of people spending time near their loved ones.
As you look at the photos below, remember that Memorial Day is more than just a day off- it’s a day to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Christian Jacobs, 4, of Hertford, North Carolina, lies on the grave of his father, Christian James Jacob, during a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on May 25, 2015.