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Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

The Medal of Honor Day wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on March 25, 2016.

The Medal of Honor Day wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

The Medal of Honor Day wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on March 25, 2016.

The Medal of Honor Day wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor Day at Arlington National Cemetery, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor recipients lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor recipients lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A servicemember plays the bugle during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

A servicemember plays the bugle during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor recipients watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor recipients watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

A veteran watches the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

A veteran watches the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor recipients watched the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor recipients watched the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Veterans watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

Veterans watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

The Old Guard wait for the start of a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

The Old Guard wait for the start of a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Three roses lay at the base of the the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

Three roses lay at the base of the the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor recipients watched the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor recipients watched the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. Reflected on the left sunglass lense, another Guard inspects his rifle. Reflected in the right lense, the crowd watches.

The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. Reflected on the left sunglass lense, another Guard inspects his rifle. Reflected in the right lense, the crowd watches. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

The Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

The Color Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

The Color Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor recipients watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor recipients watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Medal of Honor recipients watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

Medal of Honor recipients watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

Guests watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

Guests watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

The Old Guard salutes at the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016.

The Old Guard salutes at the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery during Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2016. (Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Medal of Honor recipients gathered in the Washington, D.C., area last Friday to honor the bravery and courage of citizens who faced down danger – or stepped up to the plate to help others.

The awards ceremony was held on Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to pay tribute to all MOH recipients, who, in turn, have set it apart to honor others.

Before the citizens award ceremony held at Fort Myer-Henderson, the MOH recipients, their guests and the to-be-honored civilians watched a wreath laying ceremony during the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

Some of the most recent Medal of Honor recipients, who attended both events, watched solemnly as the wreath was placed.

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