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London, United Kingdom
April 6, 2008
From journal The Two-Day Tourist in Washington DC
by Sandy Goes
Staten Island, New York
June 11, 2007
From journal National Museum of the Marine Corp
January 9, 2007
From journal The Nation's Capitol on a Budget
August 26, 2006
From journal Washington D.C.
Montgomery City, Missouri
April 13, 2003
I visited John Kennedy's grave and read his words encircling the area. Although I was just a young child at his death, I remember the impact on the adults around me. Then I went over the Robert Kennedy's very simple grave marking and wept. I took the long slow walk up to the Tomb of the Unknown and watched in silence with a full crowd the changing of the guard. Although most of my visit to DC was filled with excitement and joy, this place was filled with respect and reverance and I'm glad I experienced it.
From journal Lifetime Learning in D.C.
sorrento, undefined, Australia
March 12, 2005
If you want to get a sense of what makes America tick, you'll find it here at Arlington. George Washington's stepson bought the site in 1778, and his son built gracious Arlington house there in the early 1800s. Robert E. Lee married into the family here in 1831, but the Lees later fled when Civil War broke out. In 1864, the property was confiscated by the Union Army, which began the tradition of burying the dead - on the former front lawn. Today more than 260,000 U.S. service men and women are buried here.
Arlington National Cemetery covers 200 acres of rolling hills, graced with beautiful old trees and manicured lawns, but it is the rows and rows and rows of simple white crosses that stay with you long after you head back home.
Everyone has seen pictures of Arlington on television and in the press, but the reality is something else. Visitors treat Arlington with respect, and so they should. This is no historic, mothballed site - it is still in daily use, as a small patch of newly dug graves and fresh flowers placed by recent mourners proved when we visited in late February.
Right at the heart of the cemetery is the haunting Tomb of the Unknowns, scene of a timeless ritual that in any other location would look like mesmerising street theatre - the changing of the guard, performed on the hour by clone-like soldiers sporting immaculate uniforms and impossibly polished shoes.
It's a fair hike up the hill from the visitor's centre to the Tomb, but it's well worth the effort. Leave time to catch your breath before the ceremony begins because you'll find yourself holding your breath while it's under way. For me the changing of the guard was a graphic insight into America's sense of self and place in the world - and about as far away as you can get from junk food and TV sitcoms.
On a different note, but still just as important to the American psyche, Arlington is also the resting place of several Kennedys. Robert F. Kennedy rests under the cemetery's only wooden cross, while nearby under the Everlasting Flame, you'll find the tombs of John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
Arlington National Cemetery can be reached easily by Metrorail (on the blue line) and is obviously a major stop for every tour offered around town. It is open from 8am to 5pm every day from October to March and 8am to 7pm from April to September. There is no entry fee.
If you're feeling fit, you can walk from Arlington across the Potomac River, around the impressive Lincoln Memorial to the nation's other important war memorials (honouring veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War). It's about a 40-minute walk, but after Arlington, you might like the time for quiet reflection.
From journal Washington in a Week
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
May 28, 2004
From journal Washington, DC 2003
Little Rock,, Arkansas
July 23, 2001
From journal Let's Lobby Washington
Charlotte, North Carolina
September 23, 2000
Take a moment and leave a flower on the grave of a fallen soldier. For me Arlington is personal because my grandfather (a WWII hero) and my grandmother were buried here. I always take the time to pay my respects and say a quick prayer when I pass through Washington.
From journal A City of Memorials
March 28, 2013
From journal National Police Week