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U.S. soldiers plant thousands of flags at cemetery in Memorial Day tradition

8:11pm EDT - 00:49

Soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Regiment plant flags in front of more than 200,000 headstones to honor fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, U.S. soldiers conducted their annual "Flags in" ritual on Thursday, placing thousands of flags in front of headstones to honor fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery. All available soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Regiment, or Old Guard, participated, the cemetery said. They carried more than 284,000 American flags on their backs to display, according to Sergeant Adam Grine of Astoria, Ohio. The event, which dates back to 1948, typically takes several hours to complete. According to tradition, all flags will be removed after Memorial Day.

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U.S. soldiers plant thousands of flags at cemetery in Memorial Day tradition

8:11pm EDT - 00:49