From The Advocate:

Five LGBT advocacy groups placed 12,000 flags on Washington’s National Mall on Friday in an effort to recognize the 12,000 men and women who have been kicked out of the military because of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The three-day tribute, “12,000 Flags for 12,000 Patriots,” was organized by the Human Rights Campaign, Log Cabin Republicans, Servicemembers United, Liberty Education Forum, and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in hopes of showing that the policy, enacted in 1993 under President Bill Clinton, wastes valuable resources available to the U.S. military.