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Extraordinary Display of Gratitude Arlington National Cemetery

Flags-In Arlington National Cemetery
Flags-In Arlington National Cemetery

It is an extraordinary display of gratitude yet at the same time a heart-wrenching site to behold. All who visit walk away realizing just how many men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the one thing we as Americans value and hold so dear to our hearts – FREEDOM. – News Journalist Donna Lyons

In a distinguished mark of reverence for Memorial Day each year, Soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry, known as The Old Guard, gather at Arlington National Cemetery to perform a special task. Just before the Memorial Day weekend, they place American flags, one foot and centered, in front of the gravestones of every service member buried at Arlington Cemetery.

Flags-in, has taken place since 1948 when The Old Guard was appointed as the ceremonial unit for the U.S. Army. During the Memorial Day weekend, members of The Old Guard patrol the cemetery to make sure each gravesite remains decorated and honored with a flag.

God bless our troops past and present especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice – all our military service men and women deserve the utmost gratitude and peace as they lay in rest.

Arlington National Cemetery
Memorial Drive or King Drive Arlington, VA 22211
(703) 607-8000

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