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Outside a ballroom where Marines presented families with posthumous medals for their service in Iraq, Marines who served with the men posed for snapshots with the empty uniforms of their fallen comrades, and - in many cases, for the first time allowed themselves to grieve. After seeing his friend, Lance Cpl. Kyle Burns, die in Iraq, Lance Cpl. Mike Ball said, "I started to let the tears come, but we had patrol in 10 minutes. You have to shut it off. We just got in the vehicles and started driving. That night when I got back, I actually tried to get back to that place, I tried to mourn, but it was gone. And I knew I'd have to wait." (TODD HEISLER/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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