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A soldier from the U.S. Army Old Guard places a flag on a grave at Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. About 1,300 soldiers, sailors and Marines in about three hours placed a flag at each of the more than 300,000 gravestones at Arlington ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. By Mark Wilson/Getty Images.

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