Memorial Day 2016

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On Memorial Day, Christian Jacobs, 5, of Hertford, NC, rests his head on his mother, Brittany, at the headstone of his father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

I first met Brittany Jacobs and her son Christian at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2012. I had just made some images of her as she held her son tightly and wept at her husband’s headstone. It was their first Memorial Day visit to the gravesite since Sgt. Christopher J. Jacobs, 29, of Alcona, MI was killed during a training exercise at the Marine Corps’ desert warfare training base at Twentynine Palms, CA.

Since then, I have seen Brittany and Christian at Arlington every Memorial Day, and I always make a few photos of them during their visit. The photos from the previous years can be found here: Memorial Day 2015

Below are some of those images of them as well as others from the day’s coverage for European PressPhoto Agency.

MEMORIAL DAY PETE MAROVICH

On Memorial Day, Christian Jacobs, 5, of Hertford, NC, places his Marine cover on the headstone of his father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

MEMORIAL DAY PETE MAROVICH

On Memorial Day, Christian Jacobs, 5, of Hertford, NC, walks past the headstone of his father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

MEMORIAL DAY PETE MAROVICH

On Memorial Day, Christian Jacobs, 5, of Hertford, NC, walks past the headstones in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. Jacobs’ father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs is buried nearby. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

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On Memorial Day, Christian Jacobs, 5, of Hertford, NC, carries flowers back to the gravesite of his father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

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On Memorial Day, Christian Jacobs, 5, of Hertford, NC, looks at pictures of his father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, as he sits with his younger brother, Brayden Jacobs-Mack, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

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On Memorial Day, friends and family members pay their respects to the fallen, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

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On Memorial Day, Marine GySgt Bryan Crane, pays his respects to comrade Sgt Luke James Zimmerman, USMC, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

MEMORIAL DAY PETE MAROVICH

On Memorial Day, friends and family members pay their respects to the fallen, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

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On Memorial Day, Laureen Lopez Berry, 30, mourns her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry , in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

MEMORIAL DAY PETE MAROVICH

On Memorial Day, friends and family members pay their respects to the fallen, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

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On Memorial Day, J.W. Dickerson pays his respects at the grave of his platoon commander, 1st Lt. James Russell Zimmerman, USMC, in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

MEMORIAL DAY PETE MAROVICH

On Memorial Day, Laureen Lopez Berry, 30, mourns her husband, Army Staff Sgt. Richard L. Berry , in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, on 30 May 2016. CREDIT: Pete Marovich/EPA

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