Lest We Forget

Arlington National Cemetery prepares for another Flags In tradition for Memorial Day on May 30. The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment honors America’s soldiers who have died in battle for freedom by placing American flags in front of more than 280,000 headstones and 7,000 niche (cremated remains) rows in the Cemetery reports Amanda Varnam of the ANC. At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Sentinels pay their respects to the Unknowns. The first Decoration Day was created by General John Logan of the Army of the Republic (Civil War), designating May 30 as a day to decorate the graves of Civil War soldiers with flowers. Decoration Day became Memorial Day and a federal holiday in 1971.

by Arlington National Cemetery (Elizabeth Fraser)