15 Photos that show the magnitude of sacrifices made by Military families


8.  Thania Sayne of Effingham, Illinios, cries at the grave of her husband, Army Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, during the playing of taps at a nearby burial service at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, – one day before what would have been their third wedding anniversary. Sayne was four months pregnant with their second son, Douglas, when her husband was killed on Sept. 18, 2011. Associated Press

Thania Sayne of Effingham, Ill., cries at the grave of her husband, Army Sgt. Timothy D. Sayne, during the playing of taps at a nearby burial service at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, a day before what would have been their third wedding anniversary.  Sayne, was 4 months pregnant with their second son, Douglas, when her husband was killed on Sept. 18, 2011, in the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

9.  Alison Malachowski, left, talks to Michael Frazer, who served in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps together with her son Marines Staff Sgt. James M. Malachowski. MANUEL BALCE CENETA AP

Alison Malachowski, left, talks to Michael Frazer, who serve in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marine Corps together with her son Marines Staff Sgt. James M. Malachowski, as they visit his grave at the Section 60 of the Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013. Staff Sgt. Malachowski, 25, of Westminster, Md., died March 20, 2011, while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Arlington National Cemetery is relaxing its policies to allow family members of those buried in its section for those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan to leave behind small mementos and photos to honor those soldiers, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Section 60 is the part of the cemetery that is home to most of those killed in recent fighting. Families in that section had been leaving stones, photos and other mementos at their loved ones' gravesites, even though cemetery policy strictly regulates such impromptu memorials.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

10.  Mary McHugh at the grave of her fiance Sgt. James John Regan, who was killed by an IED explosion in Iraq in February 2007, at Arlington National Cemetery, May 27, 2007. Photo credit: John Moore

Mary McHugh

11.  Gladys Mena, of Springfield, Va., center, places flowers on the grave of her nephew, Army Corporal Andy Anderson in Section 60. JACQUELYN MARTIN AP

Gladys Mena, of Springfield, Va., center, places flowers on the grave of her nephew, Army Corporal Andy Anderson, on Memorial Day in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 26, 2014. Anderson died serving in Iraq in 2006.  She is helped by her daughter-in-law Kathy Sandoval and her children Angel Sandoval, 9, and Gabriella Sandoval, 3, in Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, where many of the soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried,  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

12. Elizabeth Belle, 55, of Fairfax, VA sits at her son, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Cain Kirven’s grave. Her son, Lance Cpl. Kirven, 21, was killed on May 8, 2005 as a result of enemy action in Alishang, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. JUSTIN MERRIMAN
Elizabeth Belle

13.  Army 1st. Lt. Matthew Greene, the son of slain Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, mourns at his father’s casket after laying a rose at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 14, 2014. The two-star general was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan on Aug. 5.  C.J. LIN/STARS AND STRIPES

Army 1st. Lt. Matthew Greene, the son of slain Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, mourns at his father's casket after laying a rose at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 14, 2014. The two-star general was killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan on Aug. 5. C.J. LIN/STARS AND STRIPES

14.  Brittany Jacobs kisses her son Chris near the grave site of her late husband, Christopher Jacobs, at Section 60 on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, Monday, May 27, 2013. Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are buried in Section 60. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Brittany Jacobs

15.  A stone with the word “Son” written on it rests atop the grave stone of Army Pvt. Harold E. Dechon in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Arlington, Va. Army Pvt. Harold E. Dechon died Jan. 24, 1946, during World War II. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A stone with the word "Son" written on it rests atop the grave stone of Army Pvt. Harold E. Dechon in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, in Arlington, Va.  Army Pvt. Harold E. Dechon died Jan. 24, 1946, during World War II. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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