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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sarah Rose, a 35th Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental apprentice, holds the American Flag during a Memorial Day ceremony held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. It is customary for the flag to be lowered during the ceremony to remember and pay respect to fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sarah Rose, a 35th Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental apprentice, holds the American Flag during a Memorial Day ceremony held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. It is customary for the flag to be lowered during the ceremony to remember and pay respect to fallen service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Team Misawa members participate in the Memorial Day ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Memorial Day is said to have originated after the American Civil War and observed on the last Monday of May in remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Team Misawa members participate in the Memorial Day ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Memorial Day is said to have originated after the American Civil War and observed on the last Monday of May in remembrance of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Team Misawa members stand at attention during a Memorial Day ceremony held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Team Misawa members stand at attention during a Memorial Day ceremony held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jalessa Randle, the 35th Force Support Squadron commander executive assistant, lowers the American flag during a Memorial Day ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Six Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing served as ceremonial caretakers of the U.S. and Japan flags during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jalessa Randle, the 35th Force Support Squadron commander executive assistant, lowers the American flag during a Memorial Day ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Six Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing served as ceremonial caretakers of the U.S. and Japan flags during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Veterans stand in formation during a Memorial Day ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Memorial Day ceremonies, often incorporate U.S. Air Force personnel, Japan Air Self-Defense Force members and members of veteran organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Veterans stand in formation during a Memorial Day ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Memorial Day ceremonies, often incorporate U.S. Air Force personnel, Japan Air Self-Defense Force members and members of veteran organizations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing stand in formation during a Memorial Day ceremony held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Memorial Day was formally observed for the first time May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetry in Arlington, Virginia as a way of honoring those who died during the Civil War. Today, Memorial Day is an opportunity to pause and remember the sacrifices of military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

Airmen with the 35th Fighter Wing stand in formation during a Memorial Day ceremony held at Misawa Air Base, Japan, May 25, 2018. Memorial Day was formally observed for the first time May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetry in Arlington, Virginia as a way of honoring those who died during the Civil War. Today, Memorial Day is an opportunity to pause and remember the sacrifices of military personnel who gave the ultimate sacrifice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Collette Brooks)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

Memorial Day was formally observed for the first time May 30, 1868, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia as a way of honoring those who died during the Civil War. Misawa Air Base held a Memorial Day retreat on May 25 to pause and remember military personnel who paid the ultimate sacrifice.