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From the picturesque scenes of Long Island to the iconic sights of New York City, Newsday photographers capture images telling the stories of the people and places of the region. Here are some of the most compelling photos.

Capt. Danyiel Brustmeyer of the U.S. Marine Reserves
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Capt. Danyiel Brustmeyer of the U.S. Marine Reserves spent part of his Memorial Day at Pinelawn National Cemetery in Melville on a rainy Monday, May 29, 2017. Capt. Brustmeyer, whose lives in Queens Village, says he came to the cemetery to reflect on the sacrifices that so many have made. As he walked among the thousands of graves, he played a mental game of sorts, looking for dates on the gravestones that had some meaning to him.

Capt. Scott Clendenin, commanding officer of the U.S.
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Capt. Scott Clendenin, commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Hamilton, stands with "Hamilton" cast members Brandon Victor Dixon, left, who plays Aaron Burr, and Lexi Lawson, who plays Elizabeth (Eliza) Hamilton, Alexander's wife, after they placed a wreath honoring Alexander Hamilton, the founder of the U.S. Coast Guard, on his gravesite at Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan Friday, May 26, 2017.

Patricia Woroniecki, center, daughter of fallen sheriff Emil
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Patricia Woroniecki, center, daughter of fallen sheriff Emil Ross, is seen wiping away a tear, at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverhead on Friday, May 26, 2017, where a ceremony was held in memory of fallen correction officers and deputy sheriffs.

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U.S. Army Korean War veteran Richard Seybold, originally
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U.S. Army Korean War veteran Richard Seybold, originally of the Bronx, salutes the memorial wreath during the Long Island State Veterans Home Memorial Day ceremony on the Stony Brook campus, Friday, May 26, 2017.

Vietnam Army Veteran Richard Polly, originally of Brooklyn,
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Vietnam Army Veteran Richard Polly, originally of Brooklyn, listens to "God Bless America" during the Long Island State Veterans Home Memorial Day Ceremony held on the campus in Stony Brook, Friday, May 26, 2017.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds take to the
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds take to the sky during a rehearsal for the 2017 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach in Wantagh Friday, May 26, 2017.

As the Memorial Day weekend gets underway, Daniella
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As the Memorial Day weekend gets underway, Daniella Cefalo, 10, of Hauppauge, does cartwheels as her family sets up on the beach for a preview of the Bethpage Air Show on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Brothers Julian, 2, and Cesar McGreyes of Farmingdale,
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Brothers Julian, 2, and Cesar McGreyes of Farmingdale, 4, find the overhead roar a bit much for them as the U. S. Air Force Thunderbirds take to the sky during a rehearsal for the 2017 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach in Wantagh Friday, May 26, 2017.

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As the Memorial Day weekend gets underway, the
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As the Memorial Day weekend gets underway, the U.S. Air Force's Thunderbirds fly practice routines to the delight of thousands who came to Jones Beach for a preview of the Bethpage Air Show on Friday, May 26, 2017.

Sixth-graders from Caroline G. Atkinson School in Freeport
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Sixth-graders from Caroline G. Atkinson School in Freeport brave the rain at Atlantic Aviation in Farmingdale Thursday, May 25, 2017, as they wait to enter a hanger to see a vintage World War II aircraft used by the GEICO Skytypers, who are scheduled to perform in the 2017 Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach over the Memorial Day weekend.

Aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker flies over Long
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Aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker flies over Long Island and New York City, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, as he gets ready to fly during this year's air show at Jones Beach.

Lt. Col. John Klatt, World Class Power Aerobatic
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Lt. Col. John Klatt, World Class Power Aerobatic Pilot hosting Newsday reporter Victor Ocasio while flying the Extra 300 over Long Island May 24, 2017.

From right, Friends Academy student volunteers Caroline Miller
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From right, Friends Academy student volunteers Caroline Miller and Lily Droesch of Cold Spring Harbor, both 18, along with Paul DeOrsay, executive director of Friends of the Bay, and volunteer Hank Kasven, collect water quality samples in Oyster Bay on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

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It was a date in the park for
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It was a date in the park for Preston Powell of Farmingville and his girlfriend, Ami Arai of Lake Grove, as they shared a carry-out dinner for two on a picnic table at Port Jefferson's Harborfront Park on Tuesday evening , May 23, 2017.

Angelica Rosado, daughter of fallen state trooper Jose
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Angelica Rosado, daughter of fallen state trooper Jose A. Rosado, cuts a memorial ribbon during the New York State Police memorial ceremony for the 15 Long Island troopers killed over the decades, at State Troop L headquarters in Farmingdale, May 23, 2017.

New York State Police bow their heads during
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New York State Police bow their heads during a memorial ceremony for the 15 Long Island troopers killed over the decades at State Troop L headquarters in Farmingdale, May 23, 2017.

Aerobatic pilot David Windmiller takes Newsday reporter Pervaiz
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Aerobatic pilot David Windmiller takes Newsday reporter Pervaiz Shallwani for a flight off the South Shore of Long Island, Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Suffolk County Executive
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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, from left, attend a news conference at CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan to address the impact that planned Amtrak construction at Penn Station in July and August could have on Long Island Rail Road commuters, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Gov. Cuomo said that he is putting together an "aggressive" multi-point plan and a task force to resolve LIRR service disruptions caused by Penn Station's crumbling infrastructure and broker a takeover of the rail hub.

Melinda Novak holds new male fox pups, Stan,
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Melinda Novak holds new male fox pups, Stan, left, and Yukon, both 5 1/2 weeks old, at the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

An NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau heavy weapons team is
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An NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau heavy weapons team is posted in front of Madison Square Garden as people attending a graduation exit the Manhattan arena on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Security was increased in New York City following a deadly explosion carried out by a suicide bomber in Manchester Monday night that UK police said killed 22 people, including children, and injured 59.

A cyclist rides along the Long Beach boardwalk
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A cyclist rides along the Long Beach boardwalk Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

Shanice Toylow, 22, of Uniondale, greets the crowd
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Shanice Toylow, 22, of Uniondale, greets the crowd while entering Farmingdale State College's commencement ceremony, Saturday afternoon, May 20, 2017.

Scenes from the final performance of Ringling Bros.
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Scenes from the final performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, May 21, 2017. The circus has decided to close after this show.

Ezra Sitt, 4, makes friends with Patty during
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Ezra Sitt, 4, makes friends with Patty during the Adoptapalooza pet adoption event in Union Square sponsored by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and the Petco Foundation, Sunday, May 21, 2017.

A dog on a skateboard is all dressed
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A dog on a skateboard is all dressed up for the Adoptapalooza pet adoption event in Union Square sponsored by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and the Petco Foundation, Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Long Island Duck fans, left to right, Rafaella
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Long Island Duck fans, left to right, Rafaella Gregorio, Ariana Lepera and Isabelle Gregorio, cheer for the Ducks as they defeated the Somerset Patriots at Bethpage Park in Central Islip on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

A scene from the final performance of Ringling
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A scene from the final performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the NYCB Live's Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
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The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson is surrounded by performers, workers and family as he bids adieu to the crowd at the end of the final ever show at the Nassau Coliseum on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Dancers move through Union Square in Manhattan during
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Dancers move through Union Square in Manhattan during the 11th Annual Dance Parade and Festival on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Conor Lynch, 18, center, captain of the Eagle
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Conor Lynch, 18, center, captain of the Eagle Scout explorer program, stands with others in front of the Glen Cove Volunteer Fire Department on Sunday, May 21, 2017, where a monument was dedicated to EMS workers who sacrificed their lives.

Tom Carlo bats during a game with the
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Tom Carlo bats during a game with the Wounded Warrior national amputee softball team at Brookhaven Field in Medford on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

From left, Marlon Quinteros, 13, of Westbury, and
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From left, Marlon Quinteros, 13, of Westbury, and Thomas Matthew, 14, of Westbury, run through the obstacle course as the Boy Scouts Theodore Roosevelt Council hold their centennial jamboree at Eisenhower Park on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in East Meadow.

Knoddy, a brown Lab owned by Toby Lynn
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Knoddy, a brown Lab owned by Toby Lynn Boyce from Millerton, N.Y., flies through the air and into a 20 x 40 foot pool on Sunday, May 21, 2017. Dozens of dogs and their owners attended the North Fork Dock Diving competition at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic. Proceeds will benefit the North Fork Animal League and the American Legion Burton Potter Post in Greenport.

For Douglas Reina, art can't wait. The Stony
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For Douglas Reina, art can't wait. The Stony Brook artist was on his way to the Reboli Center in Stony Brook Village on Friday afternoon, May 19, 2017, where he teaches art classes, when he noticed that the creek that empties into Stony Brook Harbor was at low tide. He quickly pulled over and dragged out his paints and easel. For Reina, this was an opportunity to capture the details of the creek bottom that he needed to complete an oil painting of the scene that he had begun at an earlier date.

Mixed animal act star Hans Klose gets a
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Mixed animal act star Hans Klose gets a kiss from one of his pigs while Mariya Klose looks on with a smile during media day to talk about the final "Out of This World" Barnum & Bailey Circus at the renovated Nassau Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale May 19, 2017.

King Charles Troupe member Ramel Robinson jumps rope
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King Charles Troupe member Ramel Robinson jumps rope while riding on a unicycle at media day for the final "Out of This World" Barnum & Bailey Circus show at the renovated Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale May 19, 2017.

Michael J. Fox receives his honorary degree of
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Michael J. Fox receives his honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts during the 2017 Stony Brook University commencement ceremony held in LaValle Stadium, Friday, May 19, 2017.

Sean Casey of West Babylon celebrates with fellow
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Sean Casey of West Babylon celebrates with fellow graduates during the 2017 Stony Brook University commencement ceremony held in LaValle Stadium, Friday, May 19, 2017.

Natassia Balek of Bayville, left, and Cassandra Fries,
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Natassia Balek of Bayville, left, and Cassandra Fries, of Westfield, MA, celebrate during the 2017 Stony Brook University commencement ceremony held in LaValle Stadium, Friday, May 19, 2017.

Flowers lay next to an NYPD barricade Friday,
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Flowers lay next to an NYPD barricade Friday, May 19, 2017, along the route where Richard Rojas used his car to plow into pedestrians the day before, killing one, injuring many others and sending Times Square into chaos.

Guests relax at The Beach at Dream Hotel
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Guests relax at The Beach at Dream Hotel Downtown on West 16th Street in Manhattan, Friday, May 19, 2017.

Robert Trujillo of Metallica performs with the band
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Robert Trujillo of Metallica performs with the band at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on May 17, 2017.

Robert Trujillo performs with Metallica at the renovated
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Robert Trujillo performs with Metallica at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on May 17, 2017.

Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett performs with Metallica at
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Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett performs with Metallica at the renovated Nassau Coliseum on May 17, 2017.

Anthony D. Weiner, the former Democratic congressman whose
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Anthony D. Weiner, the former Democratic congressman whose "sexting" scandals ended his political career and embroiled him in a tumultuous FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election, exits the federal courthouse in Manhattan Friday, May 19, 2017, after pleading guilty to charges. He will serve two years in prison and must register as a sex offender.

Medical student Sien Rivera is hooded by his
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Medical student Sien Rivera is hooded by his brother Takeo Rivera during Stony Brook University School of Medicine's convocation at the Staller Center on campus on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Medical student Sien Rivera, left, gets a hug
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Medical student Sien Rivera, left, gets a hug from his brother Takeo Rivera, who hooded Sien, during Stony Brook University School of Medicine's convocation at the Staller Center on campus on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

Tyler Braun, 8, a second-grader from E.M. Baker
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Tyler Braun, 8, a second-grader from E.M. Baker School in Great Neck, brushes on his surgical skills as second-graders learned the ABCs of medicine during a health fair on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Noah Elgadeh, 8, a second-grader from E.M. Baker
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Noah Elgadeh, 8, a second-grader from E.M. Baker School in Great Neck, uses a stethoscope on classmate Brandon Chan as the students learn the ABCs of medicine during a health fair on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

Keon Cantave, 5, of Huntington jumps over small
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Keon Cantave, 5, of Huntington jumps over small waves at Gold Star Beach Park in Huntington on an unseasonably warm Thursday afternoon, May 18, 2017. A daily high set in 1977 was tied at Long Island MacArthur Airport, where temperatures reached 89 degrees about 3:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service in Upton.

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