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See 228,000 Flags Planted for Memorial Day in 1 Minute

The ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery took over 1,000 soldiers 4 hours to complete

The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the distinguished Old Guard, honors the nation’s fallen soldiers each year by planting more than 228,000 American flags at every grave marker in Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day weekend.

The annual “Flags-In” ceremony echoes the origins of Memorial Day traditions, when both Confederate and Union soldiers decorated the graves of their fallen compatriots after the Civil War. The Old Guard has conducted this tradition yearly since 1948.

TIME contributing photographer Brooks Kraft captured this year’s ceremony on Thursday. More than 1,000 soldiers participated in the ritual over a span of four hours at the sprawling Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.

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Quincy Jones: Why B.B. Was the King

The legendary producer remembers the king of the blues, their work on a Sidney Poitier film and B.B.'s relationship with Maya Angelou

Everything B.B. ever did, I loved — just the way he’d bend his notes. Everything. He represented all the different stages of blues, and I don’t think anybody resonated more emotionally and spiritually than B.B. He took the essence of the culture of what blues and R&B was, and he brought it around the world — until he was 89.

I first met B.B. King working on the film For Love of Ivy, starring Sidney Poitier. I did the score to that, and Maya Angelou, who was in her 30s at the time, wrote the lyrics. She wrote two songs, “B.B. Jones” and “You Put it on Me,” and B.B. recorded them. They were hits! That was a great trio, the three of us. I think they had a little romantic relationship, there, too — she didn’t tell me until about four years ago. I said, “Honey, if you’d talked to me first, I would have told you that blues singers don’t get the blues, they give the blues!”

B.B. was the king because he took the blues from dirt-poor, smoke-in-the-air juke joints all the way to the big concert halls. He started out picking cotton — he was all the way back in the dark side of our country. And his music came from the dark side — it’s a positive way of escaping that darkness.

When I was studying with Nadia Boulanger, the legendary composer and teacher, in Paris, she used to say, “Your music can never be more than you are as a human being.” And B.B. King was a great human being. It’s painful to know that he’ll never answer the phone again.

Quincy Jones is a producer, composer and philanthropist.

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Here Are the Details of B.B. King’s Memorial Services

The memorial service will be held in Las Vegas on Saturday

B.B. King’s family has announced memorial and funeral service plans following the blues musician’s death last Thursday, USA Today reports. King’s memorial service will be held this Saturday in Las Vegas, according to a Facebook post his daughter Claudette made over the weekend.

According to details provided to The (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger by B.B. King Museum Executive Director Dion Brown, Las Vegas’ Palm South Jones Mortuary will hold a public viewing of King from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday. Family and close friends will attend a private memorial service Saturday morning at 9:30, before a public service at 11 a.m.

Though details for King’s funeral and burial have not been finalized, his attorney has indicated King will likely be returned to Indianola, a Mississippi town less than 20 miles from his birthplace of Berclair where he picked cotton as a boy.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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B.B. King Died From Mini Strokes, Coroner Says

The blues legend was remembered by celebrities and musicians this week

B.B. King died after having a series of mini strokes stemming from his type 2 diabetes, the Associated Press reports.

The musician’s physician, Dr. Darin Brimhall, and Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg told the AP that King’s cause of death was multi-infarct dementia—also known as vascular dementia—a condition caused by a series of small strokes.

Brimhall attributed King’s strokes to the 89-year-old musician’s chronic diabetes, which caused reduced blood flow.

King was mourned this week by Barack Obama, Eric Clapton,Morgan Freeman and many more celebrities and musicians.

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Carlos Santana Says B.B. King Was ‘One of a Kind’

The legendary musician was "an inspiration to an entire generation of musicians"

Carlos Santana remembered his fellow guitar hero and inspiration as a young musician, B.B. King, who died Thursday at 89, in a statement to TIME on King’s life and legacy.

I am deeply saddened by the passing of “The Chairman of the Board,” B.B. King. He is now on the other side with Bob Marley, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and many others. His one of a kind sound was an inspiration to an entire generation of musicians, including myself. He will be missed by millions of fans and by countless musicians. I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the King family. May he rest in eternal peace.

Santana joins Barack Obama, Eric Clapton and many others in mourning the death of a legend.

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Morgan Freeman Remembers B.B. King as ‘The Greatest Blues Icon on the Planet’

"He kept us rocking and rolling"

Morgan Freeman remembered blues legend B.B. King on Friday, the day after the musician’s death at the age of 89. He told TIME that King will be sorely missed:

Needless to say, B.B. was the greatest blues icon on the planet. He kept us rocking and rolling throughout a seventy year career. His passing has created a hole in the universe.

Freeman joins Barack Obama, Eric Clapton and many more celebrities and musicians in mourning the passing of the music great.

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Watch B.B. King Jam With the Cast of Sesame Street

The song is a tribute to the letter "B"

Sesame Street paid tribute to blues legend B.B. King on Friday by tweeting a video of his jam session with the show’s puppets, a song called “The Letter B.”

“Without the B, there’d be no Big Bird,” he sings. “There’d be no King B.B. But we do have the letter B.”

King died Thursday at the age of 89. “We mourn the loss of B.B. King,” Sesame Street wrote, “who taught us his favorite letter through his love of music.”

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President Obama Remembers B.B. King

"There’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight"

President Obama released a statement Friday morning commemorating the death of B.B. King. The blues legend died late Thursday at home in Las Vegas, at the age of 89.

The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. King was born a sharecropper’s son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world. No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues.

Three years ago, Michelle and I hosted a blues concert at the White House. I hadn’t expected that I’d be talked into singing a few lines of “Sweet Home Chicago” with B.B. by the end of the night, but that was the kind of effect his music had, and still does. He gets stuck in your head, he gets you moving, he gets you doing the things you probably shouldn’t do – but will always be glad you did. B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever. And there’s going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight.

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Why It Took So Long for the World to Discover B.B. King

The music legend has died at 89

B.B. King – the music legend who died on Thursday evening – was the blues. It’s even right there in his name: B.B. stands for “Blues Boy,” a name that King (real first name Riley) adopted after moving to Memphis to make it in music. He came to Memphis in 1948, in his early 20s.

But, though he had the emotional depth and technical skill to cut it, it took decades for his name to be in lights.

As TIME reported in a 1969 profile of the by-then-famous bluesman, King and his guitar — nicknamed Lucille — just didn’t fit in with the musical tastes of the time:

Until early in 1968, King was locked into a dreary circuit of one-nighters—sometimes more than 300 a year—in big-city ghetto clubs and back-country roadhouses and shacks. Unlike such performers as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, he was not flamboyant or commercial enough to cash in on the rock-‘n’-roll explosion of the 1950s. Unlike such country stylists as Son House and Mississippi John Hurt, he was not primitive enough to be taken up in the folk revival of the early 1960s.

…Then came the recent wave of white, blues-oriented rock. King’s guitar style suddenly started echoing through the playing of gifted youngsters like Mike Bloomfield, Eric Clapton and Larry Coryell, who singled him out as a touchstone of musical sincerity and grit.

Within a year, he was playing some of the nation’s most important venues — the Fillmore Auditorium, the Village Gate — and touring Europe.

“People are starting to go with me,” King told TIME back then. “I think it’s because they know I’m not kidding out there. Blues is a message, and they’re getting it.”

Read the full 1969 story, here in the TIME Vault: Blues Boy

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Watch Eric Clapton Thank B.B. King ‘For All the Inspiration and Encouragement’

"I want to thank him for all the inspiration and encouragement"

Eric Clapton remembered his friend and colleague B.B. King in a video posted to Facebook Friday morning, saying he wanted to express his sadness.

“He was a beacon for all of us who love this kind of music,” Clapton said in the video below. “If you’re not familiar with his work, I would encourage you to go out and find an album called B.B. King Live at the Regal, which is where it all really started for me as a young player.”

Clapton and King collaborated on the 2000 album Riding With the King. King died Thursday night; he was 89.

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