• Spc. Athiambo Onyango of Headquarters Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places an American flag in front of a grave stone at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend. This tradition, known as "flags in," has been conducted annually since The Old Guard was designated as the Army's official ceremonial unit in 1948. Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry participates, placing small American flags one foot in front and centered before each grave marker.

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    Spc. Athiambo Onyango of Headquarters Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places an American flag in front of a grave stone at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day weekend. This tradition, known as "flags in," has been...

  • Staff Sgt. Franklin Hayes a native of Manhattan, N.Y., places a small American Flag in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery. Hayes is currently assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). "It's an honor especially because I have a friend from my old company buried here. I am just very proud and grateful," said Hayes. During an approximately three-hour period, the soldiers placed flags in front of more than 260,000 gravestones and about 7,300 niches at the cemetery.

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    Staff Sgt. Franklin Hayes a native of Manhattan, N.Y., places a small American Flag in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery. Hayes is currently assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). "It's an honor...

  • Soldiers assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place American flags in front of fallen veterans grave stones. Each year for the past 40 years, the 3rd U.S. Infantry has honored America's fallen heroes by placing American flags before the gravestones and niches of servicemembers buried at both Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldier's and Airmen's Home National Cemetery just prior to Memorial Day weekend.

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    Soldiers assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place American flags in front of fallen veterans grave stones. Each year for the past 40 years, the 3rd U.S. Infantry has honored America's fallen heroes by placing...

  • Old Guard Soldiers place American flags in front of grave stones at section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery. Section 60, in the southeast part of the cemetery, is the burial ground for military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. All flags are removed after Memorial Day before each cemetery is opened to the public.

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    Old Guard Soldiers place American flags in front of grave stones at section 60 in Arlington National Cemetery. Section 60, in the southeast part of the cemetery, is the burial ground for military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. All flags are...

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