Old Guard Soldiers honored America's heroes during Flags In, May 23.
This tradition, known as "flags in," has been conducted annually for the past 65 years.
Ever since Memorial Day 1948 -- the same year the 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) was designated the Army's official ceremonial unit -- The Old Guard has been at Arlington National Cemetary to honor America's fallen heroes by placing almost 300,000 American flags at the base of every grave in the cemetery.
Though Flags In is primarily The Old Guard's responsibility, they were assisted by the U.S. Marine Corps Ceremonial and Guard Company, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard. The first flag was laid just after 2 p.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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