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Flags In at Arlington…

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Flags In  is the annual tradition of the old Guard in setting flags at the graves at Arlington National Cemetery.   Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment participates in the event,  which began in 1948, and in four hours,  every single headstone — more than 228,000 —  and the rows at the Columbarium Courts and Niche Wall receives a small American flag.   A three-star general receives the same exact size flag that a corporal does.

I have been to Arlington around Memorial Day,  and been privileged to see the last hour of Flags In.   There is something profoundly moving about the phalanx of soldiers carrying backpacks stuffed with flags, moving quickly,  but without obvious haste,  to efficiently plant the flags,  occasionally pausing a few seconds to honor a fallen comrade or relative.  It is absolutely egalitarian,  and so palpably American,  made more so because it takes place on land once owned by General  Robert E. Lee.   It is fitting that military veterans lie in peace on this land.   There are also some  very famous  people resting there.




Written by timeforthorns

May 30, 2016 at 9:13 pm

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