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"From the Civil War to World War I to World War II to Korea to Vietnam, each generation served and died. The flags at the cemetery bear witness. Sadly, we’re currently amid a period when we’ll observe a palpable increase in the flags at the cemetery. It’s a process that’s irreversible. There’s nothing we mere mortals can do about it. But there is something you can do. When you see these men, talk to them. Listen to them, enjoy them, remember them."

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A 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Soldier places an American flag in front of fallen veteran’s grave stone at Arlington National Cemetery. Each year for the past 40 years, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment has honored America's fallen heroes by placing American flags at gravestones just prior to Memorial Day weekend. (Photo by Sgt. Jose Torres) - MilitaryAvenue.com