4th of July at Arlington Cemetery

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Dutchnatasja on August 5, 2011

I live in the Washington DC area. I visited Arlington Cemetery many times, but never on the fourth of July. We had some guests that weekend and we all decided to go to Arlington Cemetery. We took the metro. The station entrance is a 5 minute walk from the main entrance of the cemetery. I knew there were be flags in front of every grave. For over 40 years now, The Old Guard has honored America's fallen heroes by placing the American flags at every gravestone. That must be very impressive and I wanted it to see with my own eyes! We took the metro to Arlington Cemetery.

Walking through the cemetery gets me every time. But this time I got goose-bumps. Near every tombstone was a small American flag. What an impressive sight. All the tombstones lined with the American flags in front of them. We all were amazed and speechless for a moment. We did take a step back and realized what we were seeing! This is the price for freedom and we must never forget that! We walked around and even now and then we stopped to take it all in. We walked further and came at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. People were gathering around the sight, because the change of the guard was yet to come. It’s amazing to see all the different people, from different cultures all paying respect. Big motor bike men, little children, veterans and tourists. So many people, but I guess all with the same thoughts. Silence, only silence! After the ceremony we walked around for a little bit. You can spend hours here. It’s just unbelievable from which way you look; you’ll see graves to the horizon. Sad, but true! I have a great respect of the people who sacrificed and risked their lives to fight for this country.

You can’t visit Washington without seeing Arlington Cemetery. Especially around the 4th of July. They place the flags a few days (I thought it was two days) before the actual date. It’s something that you’ll have to see and I highly recommend a visit.
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Arlington, Virginia, 22211
(703) 607-8000


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