The Old Guard Honors America's Fallen
Flags-in is a time-honored tradition that is reserved for Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard). The Soldiers conduct this mission annually at Arlington National Cemetery prior to Memorial Day to honor our nation's fallen military heroes.
This year's Flags-In is scheduled for Thursday, May 25, beginning at 1 p.m.
Within four hours, more than a thousand Old Guard Soldiers will place an American flag one foot in front of, and centered, at more than 280,000 headstones to honor every individual buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Old Guard Soldiers will also place an American flag at the foot of each Columbarium to account for the more than 400,000 interred.
A Tomb Sentinel will conduct a ceremony at noon at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Sentinel will place American flags at each of the four crypts to honor all of our nation's fallen heroes.
NOTE: While the public is welcome to observe the Flags-In tradition, the public cannot participate in the flag placement.