Old Guard Places Hundreds of Thousands of Flags at Arlington

Created: 05/23/2014 7:37 AM

ARLINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of American flags are now at the resting places of service members at Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery in Northwest Washington.
There are more than 280,000 gravestones and niches for cremated remains to place those flags, and each year soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry are given that task.
The Old Guard's annual "Flags In" project takes place just before the Memorial Day weekend.
It's been part of the Old Guard's mission since 1948.

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