Arlington National Cemetery

The grounds of Arlington National Cemetery honor those who have served our nation by providing a sense of beauty and peace for our guests. The rolling green hills are dotted with trees that are hundreds of years in age and complement the gardens found throughout the 624 acres of the cemetery. This impressive landscape serves as a tribute to the service and sacrifice of every individual laid to rest within the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

This was a very humbling visit, there are gravestones in endless rows and about any service you can imagine. The memorial buildings and stops are a good reflection of the heroes buried at the cemetery.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, one of Arlington’s most well-known memorials, includes the remains of unknown service members from World War I, World War II and the Korean War. Soldiers from the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) keep a 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year vigil at the Tomb, with an elaborate ritual to change the guard every hour (or half-hour from April 1 through September 30)

Arlington House is the nation’s memorial to Robert E. Lee. It honors him for specific reasons, including his role in promoting peace and reunion after the Civil War. In a larger sense it exists as a place of study and contemplation of the meaning of some of the most difficult aspects of American History: military service; sacrifice; citizenship; duty; loyalty; slavery and freedom.

 

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