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Memorial Day Preparations

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TRIBUTE: Each gravestone is marked during the “Flags In” ceremony that takes place the Thursday before Memorial Day. (Jay Paul / For The Times)
In Memoriam
IN MEMORIAM: Sgt. Adam Dickmyer of the Old Guard checks the flags to make sure they stand upright. More than 300,000 people, including Revolutionary War soldiers, are interred at Arlington. (Jay Pau / For The Times)
flowers
A volunteer puts flowers next to a cross at the Arlington West Iraq war memorial display. (Stefano Paltera / AP)
remember his nephew
Pancho Gonzalez, back, takes a moment with Jeri Holmes, front, to remember his nephew U.S. Army Cpl. Jesse Zamora, who was killed in Iraq, at the Arlington West Iraq war memorial display in Santa Monica. (Stefano Paltera / AP)
Arlington West Iraq
People wander amongst the crosses at the Arlington West Iraq war memorial display on beach next to the Santa Monica Pier. (Stefano Paltera / AP)
Army men
Gabriel Sibley, 12, left, plays with his army men before he, Matthew Terrio, right, and others place flags at the graves of veterans at Port Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary, La. (Richard Alan Hannon / AP)
downtown Denver
Members of the color guard march down Broadway during a Memorial Day Parade in downtown Denver (Glen Martin / AP)
Santa Monica memorial
People walk by nine coffins representing nine U.S. troops who were killed this week in Iraq at the Arlington West Iraq war memorial display on the beach next to the Santa Monica Pier. (Stefano Paltera / AP)
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
Members of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform aerobatic maneuvers at the Air Power Expo 2006 at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M. (Andy Delisle / AP)
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