Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day! 'Flags In' Tradition

'Flags In' Tradition Honors Fallen Warfighters for Memorial Day
May 25, 2012 – More than 1,200 soldiers assigned to the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," gathered at Arlington National Cemetery here yesterday to place miniature American flags on each of its gravesites and niches for the annual "Flags In" ritual that’s been performed just before each Memorial Day for 64 years.

The Old Guard, based on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, is the Army’s ceremonial unit and has honored Americans buried in the cemetery with the Flags In commemoration every year since 1948.

The regiment’s troops placed the flags on nearly 260,000 gravesites and 22,000 niches, in addition to more than 14,000 graves at the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., an Army cemetery for residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home-Washington.

Old Guard sentinels also placed four flags at the Tomb of the Unknowns. read more>>>

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Joe's Full Speech

Memorial Day Message
As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, Washington D.C

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