Americans Honor Troops for Memorial Day

By The Associated Press | May 28, 2012 | 12:31 PM EDT

The grave of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Michael Harris is seen through an American flag as the the sun rises over Georgia National Cemetery Monday, May 28, 2012, in Canton, Ga. Harris died Feb. 6, 2012, in North Carolina. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Boy Scouts carry a large American flag through the Memphis National Cemetery in Tennessee, where scouts also placed flags on 42,000 graves. At Dover Air Force Base, the remains of fallen soldiers are returned to their families. In Afghanistan, the top U.S. commander reads a 23-year-old's letter to his family that he had prepared to be read in the event of his death.

"Today we remember his life and his words, for they speak resoundingly and timelessly for our fallen brothers and sisters in arms," said Marine Gen. John Allen, who also leads the NATO coalition in Afghanistan.

Across the world this weekend, Americans are honoring the fallen, veterans and military personnel in ceremonies and private remembrances.

Here's a gallery of AP photos from Memorial Day weekend.

Boy Scout Andrew Conquest of Brandon, Miss., looks for grave markers without a flag, at the Vicksburg National Cemetery, Friday, May 25, 2012. Conquest and members of his Brandon, Miss., troop joined with other volunteers to place over 18,000 small American flags on the graves of the Union soldiers and other military in the cemetery. The flags are placed on the graves only once a year, during Memorial Day weekend. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)


U.S. Veteran Edwin Dyer, left, and Jerry Pinkerton from Texas, walks along layers of tombs after attending Memorial Day rites at the American Cemetery in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines on Sunday, May 27, 2012. The cemetery contains the largest number of U.S. military dead of World War II. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)


An Army carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Spc. Vilmar Galarza Hernandez during a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Sunday, May 27, 2012. According to the Department of Defense, Hernandez, of Salinas, Calif., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)