Arlington National Cemetery will continue the time-honored tradition of "Flags In" on Thursday, May 21st.

Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will be joined by service members from the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard in placing more than 250,000 grave decorating flags at Arlington National Cemetery.

"Flags In" has been conducted annually since the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) was designated as the Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948. Flags are placed one foot in front and centered before each headstone in the cemetery.

Flags will also be placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns by the Tomb Sentinels and at the cemetery's Columbarium. All flags will be removed on Tuesday, May 26th before the cemetery opens to the public.

For information please contact Kaitlin Horst, Arlington National Cemetery Public Affairs at kaitlin.horst@conus.army.mil or (703) 607-8576.

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