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Memorial Day Preparations

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: 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)
A volunteer puts flowers next to a cross at the Arlington West Iraq war memorial display. (Stefano Paltera / AP)
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)
People wander amongst the crosses at the Arlington West Iraq war memorial display on beach next to the Santa Monica Pier. (Stefano Paltera / AP)
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)
Members of the color guard march down Broadway during a Memorial Day Parade in downtown Denver (Glen Martin / AP)
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)
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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