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Filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill honor the American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan with this documentary snapshot of the Arlington National Cemetery's ever-expanding Section 60. Early every morning, mourners from all walks of life file into Section 60 to say their last goodbyes, remember their loved ones, and grieve with others who share in their profound loss. From the parents of the young Muslim serviceman whose father moved to the US to give his family a new life to the father who camps out at his son's grave with a quilt, a bottle of bourbon, and one of two "Iraqi Freedom Cigars" that he intended to smoke with his son on the boy's return home, everyone in Section 60 has their own unique way of connecting with the loved ones they lost. By "embedding" themselves into the very fabric of Section 60 over the course of four months in 2007, Alpert and O'Neill are not only able to offer a candid look at the nation's premiere burial ground for military personnel, but also convey the devastating combination of pain and pride that the soldiers of parents and their loved ones experience upon gathering to recognize their patriotic service.

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