Happy almost June to you! Today is a very special day for me and many others. For 6 decades, Soldiers of “The Old Guard” (my old Army unit) placed American flags at the grave stones of service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery. (The following description and more information about “Flags In” can be found here.) It’s an absolute exhausting and unforgetable day. I’m so proud to be a part of this tradition.
For more than 60 years, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) has honored America’s fallen heroes by placing American flags at gravesites for service members buried at both Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery just prior to the Memorial Day weekend.
This tradition, known as “Flags in,” has been conducted annually since The Old Guard was designated as the Army’s official ceremonial unit in 1948. Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment participates, placing small American flags at each headstone and at the bottom of each niche row.
Within four hours, the soldiers place flags in front of more than 228,000 headstones and at the bottom of about 7,000 niche rows in the cemetery’s Columbarium Courts and the Niche Wall.
Members of Ft Myer’s Old Guard with flags in hand march out to their assigned sections during the “Flags-In” ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. May 27, 2010, DoD photo by William D. Moss
Let’s remember all those who sacrificed their lives, their futures, and their dreams so that we may have them. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
Sarah from Sadie Seasongoods shows us what true trash to treasure looks like with this cane style table top turned American flag cross stitch. Bravo, girl!