8 Emotional Moments Perfectly Captured by a Soldier’s Salute

Service members from all branches of the U.S. military present the ultimate sign of deference and respect.

Fort Hood, Texas

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U.S. Army soldiers from the 2-82 Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, salute as they arrive at their home base in Fort Hood, Texas, after being part of one of the last American combat units to exit from Iraq on December 16, 2011.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Retired Army 1st Sgt. William Staude, of Elliott, Pa., salutes Soldiers from the 316th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, stationed in Coraopolis, PA, as they march past him during a Veterans Day parade. © The U.S. Army

Greensburg, Kentucky

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Former active duty Marine Corps Corporal and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer salutes during the national anthem, after leading a parade down Main Street in his hometown. Meyer saved the lives of 36 American and Afghan soldiers while serving in Kunar Province, Afghanistan; he is the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

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Chicago, Illinois

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Dennis Lovick, who served in Vietnam with the Army from 1967 to 1969, salutes the name of a fallen friend inscribed on the Moving Wall display, a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Navy Pier on June 17, 2011. 

Alameda, California

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US Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Ed Silveira salutes as Taps plays during a Pearl Harbor remembrance service aboard the USS Hornet on December 7, 2011.

Fort Carson, Colorado

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A soldier salutes the flag during a welcome home ceremony for troops arriving from Afghanistan. More than 500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team returned home following a year of heavy fighting and high casualties in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province.

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Accord, New York

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Former Marine Jerry Sutter salutes as people leave the funeral for Army Sgt. Shawn Farrell, 24, on May 8, 2014. Sgt. Farrell died on April 28th from wounds suffered during a firefight in Afghanistan. He was a member of the Army 10th Mountain Division based out of Fort Drum. 

West Point, New York

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The 2013 graduating cadets stand and salute at the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) for the 215 commencement ceremony May 25, 2013 in West Point, New York. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel delivered the commencement speech for the class of 2013.

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