Section 60 / by Justin Merriman

A woman stands among the headstones of Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, an area where war dead from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are laid to rest.

A small memento painted with the personal note, "American Hero," is left on a grave marker.

A woman sits and weeps in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Nicki Bunting sits with her children, Connor, 2, and 7-month old Cooper, at her husband and their father, Captain Brian Bunting's grave at Arlington on Father's Day. Bunting, 29, of Potomac, Md., died February 24, 2009 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Four days after he died his wife found out she was pregnant with Cooper.

Janae Morrison, 2, gets a helping hand from Eleanor Davis, 78, to put a stone on top of her cousin, Justin Ray Davis' grave. The grandmother and cousin joined other relatives of Davis, who was killed in Korengal Outpost, Afghanistan (near Kunar Province), on June 25, 2006, when he came in contact with indirect fire while on patrol during combat operations, to clean his headstone and place fresh flowers on his gave.

Isaiah West, 10, of Frederick, MD., cleans the headstone of 1st Lt. Forrest Ewens while his cousin, Justin Ray Davis' grave. Ewens was killed in the Pech River Valley, Afghanistan, on June 16, 2006, when his all terrain vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during combat operations.

A young girl writes a Father's Day card for her father she sits on his grave.

Rick Tieman, 51, of Waynesboro, PA., leaves a note to his son, Staff Sgt. Richard Tieman, 28, also of Waynesboro, PA., who was killed on May 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered in a suicide car bombing.

Elizabeth Belle, 55, of Fairfax, VA sits at her son, Lance Cpl. Nicholas Cain Kirven's grave. "It is an awful beautiful," she says of Arlington. Her son, Lance Cpl. Kirven, 21, was killed on May 8, 2005 as a result of enemy action in Alishang, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.

Brooke Nyren, 13, kisses her father, Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Nyren's headstone at Arlington on Father's Day. Staff Sgt. Nyren was killed in Iraq in December 28, 2004.

These are some photos from Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery. Section 60 is reserved for the war dead of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has become a place where families and friends gather to remember, reflect, and mourn the loss of their loved ones. To read Mike Wereschagin's story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review visit:
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/news/s_688906.html