Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA - every year, just prior to Memorial Day, The Old Guard (3rd U.S. Infantry) honors America's fallen heroes by placing American flags before each (over 300,000) gravestone of service members buried at both Arlington National Cemetery and the U.S. Soldier's and Airmen's Home National Cemetery. Old Guard soldiers remain in the cemetery throughout the weekend, ensuring that a flag remains at each gravestone. source: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/
Command Sgt Maj Harley Schwind salutes as the flags are raised to full staff during the 2012 Memorial Day Ceremony at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery on May 28. About 1500 people attended the annual event.