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You decided: Here are the top Stars and Stripes photos of 2018

A field of 500 luminary lights and a display of images, names and videos of the U.S. troops who have died in America's post-9/11 wars was set up on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018, at a site near the Bagram Air Field PX in Afghanistan.

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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 31, 2018

Stars and Stripes 2018 photographs captured grief and sacrifice from around the world.

They ranged from the remains of servicemembers handed over by North Korea to a moon rising over the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Virginia, to the view of Sen. John McCain lying in state in the Capitol’s Rotunda and a Marine walking through the graves at Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France.

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In a social media contest where the Stars and Stripes readers voted on Facebook for their favorite photo, there was one clear winner -- a Memorial Day salute to fallen troops.

On May 28, a field of 500 luminary lights and a display of images, names and videos of U.S. troops who have died in America’s post-9/11 wars was set up near the Bagram Air Field PX in Afghanistan. Taken by downrange reporter Chad Garland, the photo illustrates the toll the wars have taken on American servicemembers.

Reader Christine Evans voted for the photo: “This one should be in Life magazine.”

The photo had more than double the amount of votes than any other image.

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