Arlington National Cemetery

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West end of Memorial Bridge, Arlington, VA, USA

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Africancrab Africanc…
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The Undying Spirit of Sacrifice Commemorated Jun 16, 2012
Nothing speaks of the spirit of human sacrifice like Arlington National Cemetery. Nothing prepares you for what you see when you get to the Nation's largest military (all branches of the armed forces) burial ground. It is located across the Potomac river from Washington, at the west end of Memorial Bridge. The honor and respect in this place is without a doubt one of the most deserved. The cemetery first became a burial ground for Civil War Union soldiers beside Arlington House formerly the estate of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna Lee, a great grand-daughter of Martha Washington. The house still stands but is under renovation.

Self guided tours of the cemetery is Free however, we took a guided, well more like a narrated tour on the Martz, which made it easier to move around the huge grounds with a four month old baby. For $8.75 an adult, and $4 a child, we paid to be taken around the grounds, we made three stops; one at the eternal flame at the grave side of former president J.F. Kennedy, the second at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier where we saw the changing of the guards,and the third stop was at Arlington House. I highly recommend this tour as it gives you all you need to see without the stress of having to walk the distance between each. Remember that is is a huge site with over 330,000 graves, trust me if you have children, it is a challenge.

All the graves maintained by the federal governement are in straight lines as if they were saluting a guard of honor, it is said they are put so to commemorate what they did in life. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded as part of a time honored tradition began in 1920 by the United Kingdom when it first buried an unknown soldier on behalf of all World War I empire soldiers.

I was humbled by the sacrifice made by those now resting in this place. May their souls RIP. And to those who maintain this enormous site,I mean down right to the ones who cut the grass and pick up after the inconsiderate people who leave trash around even though there are provisions for rubbish.
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Where the history or our country is buried. May 22, 2010
This 624 acre cemetery was begun as a burial site for Civil War Union soldiers on the grounds of Arlington House formerly the estate of Confederate general Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna Lee, a great grand-daughter of Martha Washington. Today there are more than 300,000 buried there in 70 different sections. There are several Pre-civil war soldiers and military men who were reinterred here. For most people this is a very difficult place to visit. The parking lot at the visitor’s center is where you leave your car, unless you provide handicapped licenses. Getting maps to particular grave sites is handled by very efficient and well trained staff and in our case they also gave us the shortest driving route to each of the requested areas. The “Tomb of the Unknowns” or tomb of the Unknown Soldier as it is sometimes referred, is one of the most visited spots in the entire cemetery and sits atop a hill overlooking Washington, D.C. across the Potomac River. This magnificent white marble was built and opened in April 1932. John F. Kennedy and his wife and two of his children are buried here as well as brothers Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy. I guarantee you will feel different after visiting here.
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Jacqueline_R Jacqueli…
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An Amazing Place To See Jul 16, 2010
Even if you are not a history or military buff, Arlington National Cemetery, is still a moving place. It is moving to walk through the sea of headstones that marks the lives of people whose lives were often cut short. Visit the visitor’s center at the entrance to the cemetery in order to pick up a map of the cemetery, believe me you will be lost without it. Also bring really comfortable walking shoes as the cemetery is HUGE and hilly! Plan to spend a whole day there if you are really interested in the history.

There are also a number of famous and historical figures buried here. I really enjoyed visiting the graves of the women, maybe because they are a minority in Arlington, at least the ones who are buried on their own right and not because of their association with their husbands or other male relative. The columbarium contains the ashes of Carol H. Arndt, the editor of the Army Times in 1973. Lt. Olli Josephine Bennett an early female physician who served in the Army as a doctor in World War I. Section 31 has the grave of Margariette Higgins who was the only female journalist to cover the Korean War and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Juanita Hipps, a nurse during World War II and the writer of the book “I Serve on Bataan.” Juliet Hopkins was a nurse during the Civil War for the south. Lt. Kara Spears Hultgreen was one of the first female U.S. Navy combat pilots and the first to be killed after the Risk Rule was removed. Dr. Anita Newcomb McGee was the first female surgeon in the Army in 1898 and created the Army Nurse Corps in 1900. Barbara Rainey was the first female pilot in the U.S. Navy. Mary Randolph, cousin of Robert E. Lee’s wife, novelist of ‘The Virginia Housewife’ and the first person to be buried on the Arlington National Cemetery grounds, prior to the formation of the cemetery. Vinnie Ream, the artist who sculpted the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the age of eighteen and the last artist to have had President Abraham Lincoln set for her. Mary Robert Rinehart, was the first female war journalist, poet and mystery novelist. Major Marie Rossi, female helicopter pilot that was killed during the Persian Gulf War.

What is also very interesting is the monument to the USS Maine contains two temporary graves in its mast! I thought that was just interesting. The two people who are temporarily interred in the mast are the former Philippines president, Manuel Quezon y Molina and the former prime minister of Poland, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. I thought it was interesting that this cemetery is the ‘temporary’ resting place of two foreign presidents.

Also a tour of the Lee Mansion is a must. It was interesting to see the bedroom that General Robert E. Lee’s wife gave birth to all their children. It was also really interesting to see the classroom that General Robert E. Lee created to educate his slaves, which was a severe crime when he did so.

Oh, and you can't beat the price, it's free.
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Posted on: Jul 16, 2010
tj1777 tj1777
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Arlington National Cemetery Oct 21, 2008
The cemetery is the main US military cemetery today where soldiers who have served honourably in the US army can be buried if they do follow some pretty strict criteria's. The cemetery were created in 1864 when the confiscated estate of Robert E Lee's family were used as a war cemetery for Union troops to prevent Lee from ever returning to his former home.

At the end of the Civil War 16.000 soldier were buried at the site and it could never again be used as a private residence. Instead it was used as a national cemetery and is well know for this till this day. The most notable of the graves is probably the grave of John F Kennedy which is situated a bit up the hill towards the Arlington House.

On the hill you will see many graves of ordinary soldiers as well as high ranking officers. And on top of the hill is the Arlington House which you can also visit on your trip to Arlington Cemetery. The main house is the old home of Robert E Lee and should have furniture as well. But the furniture is currently missing because of ongoing restorations of the house. Along with the house are some old slave quarters where you can see a bit about the history of the slaves at the estate.

From the house you will be able to have possibly the best view of the National Mall in all of Washington when you look down along the Mall with the Lincoln Memorial down to the Washington Memorial and then finally at the end of the Mall the Capitol Hill.
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