Memorial Day. A day to honor our fallen service members. This is Memorial Day we give you a glimpse into a long-standing tradition observed at Arlington National Cemetery:
Spc. Athiambo Onyango of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd 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 1948. Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry participates, placing small American flags one foot in front and centered before each grave marker.
Arlington National Cemetery
A rucksack filled with small American flags ready to place at gravesites. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) began their rounds to place a small American flag into the ground in front of every grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery for the upcoming Memorial Day observance. (Photo by Adam Skoczylas).
A Soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) measures one foot with his boot, and places a flag in front of a grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery.
Please remember to take time to honor our fallen service members. We thank God for these men and women this day and every day!
The Army of Four
All photos and descriptions courtesy of the U.S. Army