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Amanda Lamb, 21, sat in front of a headstone in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day weekend. The stone marks the grave of her best friend, U.S. Army Spc. Justin Allan Rollins, a member of the 82nd Airborne. Rollins, 22, died on March 5, 2007, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his convoy in Samarra, Iraq.

Lamb and Rollins were best friends since their sophomore year of high school in Newport, New Hampshire. Lamb now lives in Washington D.C. and visits her friend’s grave whenever she gets a chance.

On this day, Lamb arrived with a couple bouquets of flowers. She arranged the flowers on Rollins’ grave and sat in front of the headstone for several minutes, remembering the joy he brought to her life.

“We were best friends because we were just so loyal to each other,” Lamb said. “He is the funniest kid anyone could ever meet. I just wish more people could have met him.”

As she sat at Rollins’ grave, Lamb ran her fingers over her friend’s name engraved in the stone. Every few minutes she adjusted the flowers to make sure they looked just right.

Like so many others who have lost loved ones in the war, it’s all she has left to do.

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