Washington D.C. – Arlington National Cemetery
Although we didn’t have a ton of time while in D.C. to do a lot of sightseeing, we did make a point to go visit Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. A short metro ride from our hotel, Arlington is known as our nation’s most hallowed ground. The 624 acres serve as the final resting place of thousands of U.S. service men and women – dating back to the Civil War.
It also serves as the final resting place of our 35th president, John F. Kennedy, as well as his wife and two children who preceded him in death. Although I was not alive during the presidency of Kennedy, his legacy is one that I studied in school – and this was a memorable part of my Arlington visit.
The brothers of President Kennedy are also buried near his grave site. Their graves are marked with simple, white wooden crosses.
High on the hill at Arlington stands the Custis-Lee Mansion, once home to Robert E. Lee. From that hill is a gorgeous view of Washington D.C. In the photo below you can see the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and U.S. Capitol building.
Here is a view of the mansion.
Graves line the walk from Arlington House to the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one of the most moving experiences at Arlington. A visit is not complete without watching a changing of the guard. Soldiers have been guarding the Tomb since April 6, 1948. The tomb, which reads: “Here rests in honored glory
an American soldier known but to God” honors unknown soldiers from World War I, World War II and Korea. There had formerly been an unknown soldier from Vietnam, but his identity was discovered and he has since been moved to be buried near his family.
Many other monuments are a part of Arlington, including the Iwo Jima statue, pictured below.
Visiting Arlington was truly an experience I will never forget. It truly is something that will move you.