• graves at Fort Jackson National Cemetery are adorned with flags for Memorial Day.

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    graves at Fort Jackson National Cemetery are adorned with flags for Memorial Day.

  • Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts, center, and Post Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Benson, right, lay a wreath in remembrance of the nation's fallen service members.

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    Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts, center, and Post Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin Benson, right, lay a wreath in remembrance of the nation's fallen service members.

  • Staff Sgt. Bradley Hejl, 282nd Army Band, plays Taps during the Memorial Day observation Monday.

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    Staff Sgt. Bradley Hejl, 282nd Army Band, plays Taps during the Memorial Day observation Monday.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- More than 300 people took the opportunity Monday to remember America's fallen service members in a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

"This Memorial Day, we honor and celebrate our military men and women who gave the last full measure of devotion to our country," said Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts, Fort Jackson's commanding general, who was the guest speaker for the event. "We thank them for our country. We thank them for our freedom. And we thank them for their sacrifice. We shall never forget them or fail to honor them."

The solemn nature of the observance was underscored by a wreath laying, which was followed by the lowering of the flag to half staff, a rifle salute by the 171st Infantry Brigade, and the playing of Taps.

About 2 million veterans have died in America's wars.

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