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It was a day of remembrance at the USAA Poppy Memorial on the National Mall between the Korean & Vietnam Veterans Memorials. On Friday May 25th hundreds gathered to tour the wall, dedicate a poppy for a lost servicemember as well as to honor the 645,000+ lives lost in war.

 

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The sun peeks through the trees early morning of opening day at the Poppy Wall Memorial on 25 May in Washington DC. The wall of 645,000 poppy flowers to honor the service members who have died since World War I. The USAA made the memorial that stands on the National Mall.

 

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Veterans of Foreign Wars supported the Poppy Wall by handing out Poppies near the entrance of the memorial on 26 May in Washington DC. 

 

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Visitors observe exhibits at The Poppy Wall Memorial on 26 May in Washington DC. The temporary memorial made by USAA consisting of more than 645,000 poppy flowers, with each flower honoring a fallen military servicemember since World War I, at the National Mall on Saturday, May 26, 2018 in Washington.

 

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A woman runs by the Poppy Wall situated next to the reflective pool at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, 25 May. 

 

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A visitor observes an exhibit at The Poppy Wall Memorial on 26 May in Washington DC. 

 

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Gen. Lester L. Lyles, USAA Chairman talks with Poppy Wall visitors and volunteers 26 May in Washington DC. 

 

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The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy interacts with USAA key leaders at the Poppy Wall Memorial on 26 May in Washington DC. 

 

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The Poppy Wall team that helped bring the Poppy Memorial to the National Mall. 

 

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A WWII Veteran observes an exhibit at The Poppy Wall Memorial on 26 May in Washington DC. 

 

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Visitors interact with an exhibit at The Poppy Wall Memorial on 26 May in Washington DC. 

 

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The Poppy Memorial is a translucent structure that measures 133 feet long, 8 1/2 feet tall and is filled with more than 645,000 poppy flowers — honoring every man and woman that gave their life in service of our nation since World War I.

 

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A person bikes by the Poppy Wall situated next to the reflective pool at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, 25 May. 

 

How will you #HonorThroughAction? Please comment below. 

 

To tour the wall and dedicate a poppy for a lost servicemember, please visit poppyinmemory.com.

 

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About the photographer:

IMG_2527.jpgSgt. 1st Class Caleb Barrieau is a part of a fellowship program with USAA through the U.S. Army called "Training with Industry".  He currently works with USAA's Corporate Communications Team as a Military Officer Advisor. When conducting his regular job in the U.S. Army, he is a Public Affairs manager and photo-journalist.