Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army (with permission as stated here).
I've always known that flags are placed at the more than 260,000 graves in Arlington National Cemetery every year to honor those who are buried there. What I didn't know is that from the time the flags are placed, members of the 3rd Infantry patrol the grounds 24 hours a day to ensure each flag remains standing until they are removed.
Today, I pray for the souls of the departed soldiers. I thank them for their sacrifice (and those words seem so small). And I pray for those who wear a soldier's uniform on this Memorial Day; that one day, on Memorial Day, we only have departed souls to pray for, that there are no longer men and women in harm's way.