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Memorial Day

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By Kelly Mclaughlin For Dailymail.com

PUBLISHED: 11:29 EDT, 25 May 2015 | UPDATED: 06:17 EDT, 26 May 2015

He's wearing the full formal Dress Blue uniform of a Marine Corps sergeant, and he has medals for service in Iraq and Afghanistan pinned to his chest.

But Christian Jacobs is not a Marine. He's just four years old, standing at the grave of his father, Sgt Christopher James Jacob, on the day when America remembers its fallen heroes.

Christian Jacobs and his mother, Brittany Jacobs, visited the grave of Sgt Christopher James Jacobs, who served one tour in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.

For Memorial Day Commemorations, they came bearing flowers, cards and photographs, and Christian had lain on the ground next to his father's tombstone, at section 60 of the cemetery.

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Christian Jacobs, 4, lies besides the tomb of his father at section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, outside Washington D.C. on Memorial Day

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Christian Jacobs, 4, lies besides the tomb of his father at section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, outside Washington D.C. on Memorial Day

Christian Jacobs, four, of Hertford, North Carolina stands next to the headstone of his father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs
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Christian Jacobs, four, of Hertford, North Carolina stands next to the headstone of his father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs

Brittany Jacobs of Hertford, North Carolina and her son, Christian sit at the headstone of her husband, Sgt Christopher Jacobs
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Brittany Jacobs of Hertford, North Carolina and her son, Christian sit at the headstone of her husband, Sgt Christopher Jacobs

Christian Jacobs walks with his mother, Brittany, during memorial services at Arlington National Cemetery. He wore a replica Marine Corps Dress Blue uniform with his father's medals pinned to his chest
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Christian Jacobs walks with his mother, Brittany, during memorial services at Arlington National Cemetery. He wore a replica Marine Corps Dress Blue uniform with his father's medals pinned to his chest

Christian Jacobs stands besides the tomb of his father Christopher Jacobs at section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery
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Sgt Christopher Jacobs died in a training accident in 2011

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Christian Jacobs (left) stands besides the tomb of his father Christopher Jacobs (pictured right) at section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery

Christian Jacobs hugs the headstone of his father U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Jacobs as mother Brittany, wipes away a tear in Arlington National Cemetery

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Christian Jacobs hugs the headstone of his father U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Jacobs as mother Brittany, wipes away a tear in Arlington National Cemetery

'I hope for you to come back soon, daddy. And I love you and hope for you to be here. I know you will be here and I love you. And he is always watching over me and makes sure - he's proud of me, daddy. And I love you daddy,' Christian said.

Sgt. Jacobs died in 2011 in a training accident a Marine base in Twentynine Palms, California, when Christian was just eight months old.

'He wants to know so much about his father. He likes coming here and he was excited about coming here. He said I get to go see my daddy, Brittany Jacobs told WBRC.

She added: 'My daddy's resting place is what he calls it so he was looking forward to coming out here. When he got here the first thing he did was run up and hug the stone, he didn't want to leave it.'

Jacobs had enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2000, according to the Marine Times. During his time in the military, he received several awards including the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Just hours before his death, he texted his wife Brittany Jacobs telling her that he had slept well the night before.

Sgt. Jacobs died in 2011 when Christian was just eight months old. He had been on several tours to Afghanistan and Iraq
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Sgt. Jacobs died in 2011 when Christian was just eight months old. He had been on several tours to Afghanistan and Iraq

Sgt Christopher Jacobs's headstone is adorned with flowers and photos on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day
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Sgt Christopher Jacobs's headstone is adorned with flowers and photos on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day



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