Arlington, Virginia. Over 220,000 American flags placed by the 3rd U.S. Infantry gently wave in front of the headstone fields reaching across the expansive acres of Arlington National Cemetery. Every year on Memorial Day a platoon of a different force disembarks on these hallowed grounds. Thousands of families and visitors gather in sacred memory and to pay respects at the final resting places of servicewomen and servicemen who have fought for freedom and sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Memorial festivities include the United States Army Band playing a prelude concert at 10:30 a.m. in the Arlington Cemetery amphitheater while the official observance with prayers and speeches will be held at 11 a.m. President Obama will be joining those families in remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery and participating in placing the traditional wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He may even visit the now infamous section 60 where deceased soldiers from Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan rest in eternal slumber reside.