• Pvt. Aaron Johnson, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places a small American flag in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery May 24.

    Flag's In

    Pvt. Aaron Johnson, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places a small American flag in front of a grave at Arlington National Cemetery May 24.

  • Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and 289th Military Police Company line up in formation before entering Arlington National Cemetery May 24 to place American flags at each grave site as part of the annual "Flags In" ritual accompanying Memorial Day.

    Flag's-In formation

    Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and 289th Military Police Company line up in formation before entering Arlington National Cemetery May 24 to place American flags at each grave site as part of the annual "Flags In" ritual...

  • A 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldier places an American flag in front of a fallen veteran's grave at  Arlington National Cemetery May 24 as part of Flag's In for Memoiral Day.

    Flag's In

    A 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldier places an American flag in front of a fallen veteran's grave at Arlington National Cemetery May 24 as part of Flag's In for Memoiral Day.

ARLINGTON, Va. (Army News Service, May 25, 2012) -- Soldiers placed more than 260,000 flags in front of gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery May 24 as part of the "Flag's In" tradition preceding Memorial Day weekend.

Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and 289th Military Police Company from Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., participated in the annual ritual to honor fallen veterans. During about a three-hour period, the Soldiers place flags in front of more than 260,000 graves and about 7,300 niches at the cemetery's columbarium.

Each year for the past 40 years, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment has honored America's fallen heroes by placing American flags before the gravestones and niches of service members buried at both Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldier's and Airmen's Home National Cemetery just prior to Memorial Day.

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