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March 28, 2013
From journal National Police Week
Great Falls, Virginia
August 5, 2011
From journal Living as an Expat in the Washington Area
September 21, 2009
From journal Our Nation's Capital
Bath, United Kingdom
August 28, 2009
London, United Kingdom
April 6, 2008
From journal The Two-Day Tourist in Washington DC
September 1, 2008
From journal 4th of July in the Nation's Capital
January 9, 2007
From journal The Nation's Capitol on a Budget
July 1, 2005
Tourmobile offers a get-on/get-off service for a fee of $6 (adults). If you have already walked a great deal, it’s a good idea. Distances can be greater than you realize, since roads are winding in the cemetery. The Tourmobile stops at the Kennedy gravesite, the Amphitheater/Tomb of the Unknowns, and Arlington House, former home of General Robert E. Lee, whose plantation became the cemetery. Be sure to pay your respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns; the inspiring changing of the guard takes place every half-hour in summer and every hour in winter. When the cemetery closes to the public at 7pm, the Honor Guard continues 24/7, 365 days a year, even in the most inclement of weathers. Stop off too at Audie Murphy's (WWII’s most decorated soldier) and Chip Burlingame's graves. Capt. Burlingame was the pilot of the jet that crashed into the Pentagon. Leave a pebble atop their stones. Pause at stones dedicated to the lost crew of the Challenger, Columbia, and failed Iranian hostage rescue team. Do not fail to see Robert F. Kennedy's simple white wooden cross a short distance from JFK, Jackie, little Patrick, and a stillborn daughter resting underneath the eternal flame.
From journal An Eight-Day Vacation in Washington, D.C.
by Amber Autumn
May 11, 2005
Rows of white tombstones decorate the hillside lawns of this cemetery. During the Civil War, this was a burial ground for Union soldiers. Want to know something amusing? The land belonged to Mary Anna Randolph Custis, inherited from her relatives George and Martha Washington. The name might not sound familiar, but she was the wife of Confederate Major General Robert E. Lee. What better way to insult a Confederate General by burying Union soldiers on his wife's land?
Up the hill is a house, and once you make it up to the house, you can see the eternal flame and more rows of tombstones. When walking to the marble amphitheater, be forewarned that the cemetery is made up of hills and hills of tombstones and different types of architectural tombs. There was a man with a gun pacing a thin strip on the ground near a marble tomb. Twenty-one steps and pauses symbolize the 21-gun salute that is the highest of military honors.
My class and I watched the Changing of the Guard and gave a wreath to put in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The person inside is where a mystery man "rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God," as engraved on the tomb.
From journal Sightseeing in the Nation's Capitol
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