Honoring the Fallen: Soldiers Adorn Cemetery With American Flags in Time-Honored Tradition

More than one thousand soldiers placed small flags in front of each headstone.

— -- More than 1,000 soldiers walked the rows of Arlington National Cemetery Thursday with a special task: honor each grave marker with an American flag.

The soldiers of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, also known as the Old Guard, placed a small flag in front of more than 230,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

The solemn event takes four hours, and the soldiers leave no grave unmarked, using their feet to measure how far the flag will be placed from the grave marker.

In 1948, the Old Guard was designated as the Army's official ceremonial unit.