Every Memorial Day, people all over the country honor the men and woman who lost their lives in the line of service.
And every year part of that tribute begins at Arlington National Cemetery.
This is called ‘Flags-In’. Things are a little different this year with everyone wearing masks, but the tradition remains.
This group of soldiers is called ‘the Old Guard,’ they’re part of the Third U.S. Infantry Regiment which was designated as the Army’s official ceremonial unit in 1948.
For more than 50 years now, ahead of Memorial Day, every available soldier in the unit heads out to the cemetery to place a small American flag on each grave, more than 228,000 of them. Each flag is placed exactly one boot length from the headstone.
Arlington National Cemetery is closed to the general public this year.