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Ermest Lee, a former post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 8180 Korea, displays photos from past military events during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Memorial Day was made an official federal holiday in 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Ermest Lee, a former post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 8180 Korea, displays photos from past military events during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Memorial Day was made an official federal holiday in 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Distinguished guests salute the flags while each national anthem plays during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Memorial Day is for honoring the men and women who have died while on duty with the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

Distinguished guests salute the flags while each national anthem plays during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Memorial Day is for honoring the men and women who have died while on duty with the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

David Gley, the commander for 2019-2020, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 8180 Korea, the guest speaker during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in U.S. military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

David Gley, the commander for 2019-2020, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 8180 Korea, the guest speaker during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in U.S. military service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

A red poppy worn during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Red poppies are a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

A red poppy worn during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Red poppies are a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force Col. John Gonzales, 51st Fighter Wing commander, speaks during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

U.S. Air Force Col. John Gonzales, 51st Fighter Wing commander, speaks during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Ermest Lee, a former post commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 8180 Korea, displays photos from past military events during a Memorial Day remembrance event at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, May 28, 2021. Memorial Day was made an official federal holiday in 1971. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Branden Rae)