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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJW) — Soldiers placed American flags at headstones in Arlington National Cemetery to honor our veterans this Memorial Day. 

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, this tradition, known as “Flags In,” began over 50 years ago.

Soldiers assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as “The Old Guard,” were tasked with placing the American flags.

Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard members also helped place the flags.