The U.S. Army isn’t just one of the world’s premier fighting forces; it’s also a group made up of men and women who love, mourn, and ache like any other human being. The stunning photos from the official U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Defense Flickr accounts capture these emotions that tell their true story. It is the sacrifices these soldiers make, leaving their homes and serving their country, that allow us to be free. Here are 12 powerful photos from the U.S. Army that serve as an inspiration to us all.
12. Placing Flags
A U.S. Army Soldier with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment — also known as The Old Guard — places American flags by the headstones at Arlington National Cemetery as part of the “Flags In” tradition. The Old Guard has kept this annual Memorial Day tradition of conducting flags since 1948.
11. Honoring The Fallen
Soldiers from the 1st CAB, 1st Inf. Div., salute memorial displays for five fellow Soldiers after a memorial ceremony at Fort Riley’s Morris Hill Chapel. Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Joshua B. Silverman, Sgt. 1st Class Omar W. Forde, Sgt. Peter C. Bohler, and Spc. Terry K.D. Gordon died after their Black Hawk crashed in southern Afghanistan.