At Arlington National Cemetery, service members place flags.

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In commemoration of Memorial Day, members of the United States military put flags at gravestones in Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday.

In the “Old Guard,” tradition, members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as the “Flags In.” planted miniature U.S. flags in front of over 228,000 headstones and at the bottom of 7,000 niche rows.

Members of the Old Guard, known as Sentinels, also planted flags at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate the Unknowns, while Army chaplains raised flags in front of headstones and memorials on Chaplains’ Hill.

The Old Guard tweeted Thursday that more than 1,000 service members participated in the event.

The Department of Veterans Affairs eliminated COVID-19 limitations for visiting graves on Memorial Day earlier this week, saying that no masks, social distancing measures, or group size limits will be imposed on vaccinated visitors.

Visitors who have not been immunized must follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s standards.

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Arlington National Cemetery closed to the public in 2020, and the Old Guard was downsized and compelled to stay disguised during burial rituals.

 

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