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Desktop Wallpaper: Memorial Day

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Arlington Cemetery Washington, DC

Monday, May 28, 2012, is Memorial Day in the United States. A day we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

While the Memorial Day holiday in the United States is often celebrated as the first day of summer, its real purpose is to remind of us of the men and women who have sacrificed their lives in military service. To that end, we have erected many monuments to their memory, several of which I have collected in this photo gallery of desktop wallpaper.

Keep in mind that these images are public domain, so many will not qualify as high resolution professional photographs. I have provided a link to the best, highest resolution available.

Click this link for the best, highest resolution image.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

10 comments
devand
devand

I photoshopped a Memorial Day wallpaper that was very well received by my users. It is the popular photo taken of the flag raising at Iwo Jima from WWII, black and white, with a colored flag and my company's patriotic logo appended to the top corner. I do these every big Holiday and the users really appreciate seeing different wallpapers now and then!

wtk450
wtk450

Hi resolution is a beautiful way to display.

jern46
jern46

Thank you...from an old Vietnam vet. Great high-res pictures...you done good! May God Bless!

maj37
maj37

I got all of the higher res ones for wallpaper and set my screen saver to the directory where I put them. Thanks very much for the work you did.

sightsandsounds
sightsandsounds

This is a great idea for Mem Day Wall, I also like the huge high resolution link further under the wallpaper pic,,Nice to have both of them,,,thank You

Realvdude
Realvdude

Didn't find a wikimedia image that fully reflects the magnitude of the memorial, but these do some justice to it. Sorry, links don't appear to translate well into the post. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_060906-N-1134L-016_Chief_Petty_Officer_(Sel)_Engineman_Jemaral_Weaver_reflects_at_the_Korean_War_Memorial_during_the_Annapolis_Area_Complex_prospective_Chief_Petty_Officers%5Ersquo,_Heritage_Run.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Korean_veterans_memorial_full_20041011_103249_1.3008x2000.jpg http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_100911-N-9818V-095_Chief_petty_officers_and_chief_petty_officer_selects_run_throughout_Washington,_D.C.,_during_the_annual_Navy_Heritage_Pr.jpg

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

and a rather interesting site as well, they seem to be interested in spreading information, for good or bad, seems they left that part up to the reader to decide.