Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

By Sgt. Nancy Deweese, Old Guard Public AffairsMay 26, 2009

Two Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place American flags at the graves in Arlington National Cemetery.  Since 1948, Soldiers of The Old Guard and other have been placing flags at each grave in the cemetery.
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Two Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place American flags at the graves in Arlington National Cemetery. Since 1948, Soldiers of The Old Guard and other have been placing flags at each grave in the cemetery. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nancy Deweese) VIEW ORIGINAL
President Barack H. Obama and Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe Jr., bow their heads in reflection after President Obama presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – President Barack H. Obama and Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe Jr., bow their heads in reflection after President Obama presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nancy Deweese, Old Guard Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cpl. Adam Boutross inspects the weapon of an oncoming Tomb Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.  Sentinels at the Tomb constantly guard the Unknowns interred at the Tomb.
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cpl. Adam Boutross inspects the weapon of an oncoming Tomb Sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Sentinels at the Tomb constantly guard the Unknowns interred at the Tomb. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nancy Deweese, Old Guard Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
A flag stands in front of a gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery.  Each year, members of the military honor guards place flags at each grave in the cemetery as a way to honor the sacrifices of American veterans.
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A flag stands in front of a gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery. Each year, members of the military honor guards place flags at each grave in the cemetery as a way to honor the sacrifices of American veterans. (Photo Credit: Spc. Erica Vinyard, Old Guard Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
A platoon of Soldiers from Honor Guard Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), stand during a presidential wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.  The platoon is led by Capt. John Johnson.
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A platoon of Soldiers from Honor Guard Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), stand during a presidential wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. The platoon is led by Capt. John Johnson. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nancy Deweese, Old Guard Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Ismael de los Santos, a senior fife insturmentalist with The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, places a flag at a grave in Section 33 of Arlington National Cemetery during Flags In.  Since 1948, The Old Guard has been participating in Flags In.
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Ismael de los Santos, a senior fife insturmentalist with The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, places a flag at a grave in Section 33 of Arlington National Cemetery during Flags In. Since 1948, The Old Guard has been participating in Flags In. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nancy Deweese, Old Guard Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Assisted by Sergeant of the Guard Sgt. 1st Class Alfred Lanier, President Barack H. Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.  Obama presented the wreath to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the United States.
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Assisted by Sergeant of the Guard Sgt. 1st Class Alfred Lanier, President Barack H. Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Obama presented the wreath to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the United States. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Nancy Deweese, Old Guard Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL