Flag-in Day

by M-Rebeiro

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.

Every year, on the Thursday before Memorial Day weekend, soldiers of the 3rd US Infantry (also known as the Old Guard) place flags before each of the gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery and the US Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery. Every available soldier participates, placing the flags one foot in front of all the gravestones.

This event is often known as “flags-in” and has occurred before Memorial Day every year since 1948. The Old Guard remain in the cemetery to ensure the flags remain undisturbed.

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