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Americans prepare to honor fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery

Americans are preparing to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday weekend by honoring fallen service members with visits to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, just outside Washington D.C.

In preparation, members of the armed forces planted small American flags on Thursday (May 27) at each grave — the flags-in ceremony held each year at the cemetery reserved for members of the U.S. military.

More than 1,000 U.S. service members took part in the event, placing flags in front more than 260,000 headstones.

Memorial Day pays tribute to members of the U.S. armed forces who died while performing their military duties. The holiday officially began at Arlington cemetery in 1868, according to the cemetery’s website, and some 135,000 people typically visit the cemetery over the holiday weekend, it said.

(Production: Mana Rabiee)

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