Old Guard Soldiers put 'Flags In' for 2012 Memorial Day

By 3d U.S. Infantry RegimentMay 25, 2012

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. During an approximately three-hour period, the soldiers place flags in front of more than 260,000 gravestones and about 7,300 niches at the cemetery's columbarium.
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 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. During an approximately three-hour period, the soldiers place flags in front of more than 260,000 gravestones and about 7,300 niches at the cemetery's columbarium. (Photo Credit: 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. Christopher Anthony, Sentinel, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places a flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 24, 2012. The ceremony known as "Flags In" is performed to commemorate and honor U.S. military personnel ahead of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and has been conducted annually since 1948
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Christopher Anthony, Sentinel, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), places a flag at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery, Va., May 24, 2012. The ceremony known as "Flags In" is performed to commemorate and honor U.S. military personnel ahead of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and has been conducted annually since 1948 (Photo Credit: Sgt. Jose A. Torres Jr.) VIEW ORIGINAL
Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), 289th Military Police Company, line up in formation near the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., flag pole in preparation for entering Arlington National Cemetery to place American flags at each grave site as part of the annual "Flags In" ritual accompanying Memorial Day.
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), 289th Military Police Company, line up in formation near the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., flag pole in preparation for entering Arlington National Cemetery to place American flags at each grave site as part of the annual "Flags In" ritual accompanying Memorial Day. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army ) VIEW ORIGINAL
Pfc. Jose Vazquez, 3d 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 Infantry Regiment participates, placing small American flags one foot in front and centered before each grave marker.
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. Jose Vazquez, 3d 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 Infantry Regiment participates, placing small American flags one foot in front and centered before each grave marker. (Photo Credit: 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment) VIEW ORIGINAL
A 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldier places an American flag in front of fallen veteran's grave stone. 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 weekend.
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldier places an American flag in front of fallen veteran's grave stone. 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 weekend. (Photo Credit: 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment) VIEW ORIGINAL