Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna are among the stars who have paid tribute to members of the U.S. military as Americans celebrate Memorial Day on Monday (30May11).
A host of celebrities have taken to their Twitter.com blogs to remember servicemen and women lost in war and express their thanks to soldiers currently serving in the armed forces.
Rapper Wyclef Jean was one of the first stars to mark the holiday by posting a self-penned "Sunday sermon" online at the weekend (29May11), but he's not the only one sending his blessings to those in uniform.
Pop superstar Timberlake has urged fans to take a moment to pay their respects, writing, "Everyone please Thank veterans, active personnel & their families this wknd (weekend) for sacrifices they have made for us. I'm very thankful!", while Lopez also called on her Twitter followers to do the same: "Let's take a moment to send love to all the service men and women around the world!!!!"
Rihanna writes, "Happy Memorial Day!!! #Cheers to the troops!!! And to their wonderful families! You are the heart of this Nation and We love you so much!" and Transformers star Josh Duhamel states: "To the brave souls & their families who've sacrificed so much to serve our nation: No words can express my deep thanks."
Iron Man director Jon Favreau, designers Nicky Hilton and Diane von Furstenberg, and Brothers & Sisters actor Gilles Marini have also posted tributes online.
And newlywed singer/actress LeAnn Rimes has taken time out of her honeymoon in Mexico with husband Eddie Cibrian to mark the poignant occasion.
She adds, "To all of the soldiers who have fallen for our country, Eddie and I will never forget the ultimate sacrifice you have made for our country. To all the families who have lost their loved one's (sic), our hearts go out to you this Memorial Day and always. God Bless you all!"