A member of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as The Old Guard, wears a face mask to place flags in front of each headstone for “Flags-In” at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Thursday, May 21, 2020, to honor the Nation’s fallen military heroes. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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A group of soldiers is honoring the men and women who have lost their lives in service to America. The Old Guard participated in Flags-in Day this week ahead of Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, as they’ve done for more than 50 years.
Although the cemetery is closed to the general public this year, the Old Guard showed to place over 228,000 flags at the headstones of fallen service members.
“I think it’s especially meaningful with how the cemetery is closed to visitors right now, we still come out and we still place the flags. It’s not about the show, it’s not about the cemetery looking great. It’s about recognizing and honoring service, the sacrifice, of each person here within the cemetery.” – Chaplain Joseph Mason, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment
The Old Guard, or the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, was set up as the official ceremonial unit for the Army in 1948.