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Soldiers place flags in Arlington National Cemetery

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Soldiers of the 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) place grave decorating flags in Section 60, during the 'Flags In' ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, USA, 26 May. The ceremony known as 'Flags In' is performed to commemorate and honor US military personnel ahead of the upcoming 30 May 2011 Memorial Day and has been conducted annually since 1948. During 'Flags In', the 3rd US Infantry Regiment will place an American flag at each of the more than 220,000 graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Section 60 is the final resting place for the majority of casualties at Arlington National Cemetery that died from Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

For many, Memorial Day is about family vacations or sales at the mall; for others it's about honoring service members or visiting the graves of deceased relatives.  Visiting the Arlington Cemetery site, I was surprised to learn that they average 28 funerals a day.  You can see today's funeral schedule here.

 

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Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment place American flags at the graves of U.S. soldiers buried at Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day May 26.

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U.S. Army Private Philip Wong places a flag at the headstone of Sgt. Paul Dumont at Arlington National Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day May 26.