A mourner, believed to be Air Force Reserve Captain Teresa Dutcher lays at the grave of Corporal Michael Avery Pursel at Arlington National Cemetary in Arlington, Virginia. She visits the cemetery at the conclusion of the “Flags In” ceremony every year. For the past 40 years, the 3rd U.S. Infantry or “Old Guard” honors America’s war dead by placing American flags at the gravestones of service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery prior to Memorial Day weekend.
The tradition, known as “flags in.” Every available soldier in the 3rd U.S. Infantry participates, placing a small American flag one foot in front and centered before each grave marker over a three-hour period at 260,000 gravestones.
by Courtney McEwen, Editor
For many, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Family barbecues, lake outings on the boat and taking in a blockbuster movie have become annual traditions.
For the families of the fallen, this day is a bit more solemn – reflecting on love and loss. The selfless sacrifice that was made so we may have freedom.
Indeed, people know about the acts of heroism and strength directly after a conflict, but as those memories fade, so does the appreciation of those efforts. As such, Memorial Day serves as an annual event to keep those memories alive, and continue the traditions of appreciation for people who serve our country.
This, by many, is considered the most important holiday because it allows us to have all the others.
Cemeteries are filled with brilliant red, white and blue. Old Glory is found proudly adorning flagpoles on sprawling homesteads and perching on city porches. Children can be found in parades across the country proudly waving their patriotic symbol. This flag, our beloved stars and stripes, to some are a symbol of strength. To others, it’s a symbol of support.
As Americans, with these flags, we support you – the fighters, families, and fallen. May we never forget.
Baize Ranch – Nocona, Texas
Susan Stewart – Harley Davidson in Corinth, Texas
Old Country Church – Bowie, Texas
Camping Ground – Waurika, Oklahoma
Keith & Barbara Green – Bowie, Texas
Stan & Suzanne Witt – Lake Bridgeport, Texas
Mouton’s Salon – Grapevine, Texas
Camping Grounds – Waurika, Oklahoma
James (U.S. Navy Veteran) & Kim Norman – Rowlett, Texas
Mark & Nancy Arredondo – High Point, North Carolina
Brian & Lana Hamblin – Paradise, Texas
Hamblin Residence – Paradise, Texas
Sgt. Patrick Schwartz (Air Force) & Christina Schwartz – Camping in Spicewood, TX
Wellington State Bank – Bowie, Texas
Cliff & Kristin Witt – Rockwall, Texas
TJay & Courtney McEwen – Bowie, Texas
Clay & Maggie Witt – Saginaw, Texas
Happy Memorial Day!