Old Guard places flags at Arlington Cemetery for Memorial Day (12 images)

Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) placed flags at thousands of headstones May 24, 2018, as part of the annual Flags In tradition for Memorial Day weekend. Photos by Pat Benic/UPI
Updated: May 25, 2018 at 8:57 AM
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The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment has honored veterans for more than 60 years by placing flags at their gravesites.
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Four-Star Gen. Mark Milley taps a gravestone after placing a flag in front of the gravesite of Special Forces soldier Michael Yury Tarlavsky, who died in 2004 during the Iraq war.
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About 900 soldiers place 228,000 flags in front of gravestones in 4 hours.
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In addition to placing flags next to each gravesite, soldiers place flags at the bottom of each niche row in the cemetery's Columbarium Courts and Niche Wall.
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Defense Department officials honored fallen soldiers with a moment of silence during Thursday's press briefing.
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Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark T. Esper places a flags in front of gravesites.
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On Memorial Day, there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
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