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Visiting the National Cemetery

A visit to Arlington National Cemetery is one of the more interesting and essential sights to see if you are in Washington DC. The National Cemetery holds the remains of over 330,000 servicemen as well as several Presidents and other distinguished people.

It is a moving, dignified place.

The Eternal Flame

Some of the more popular grave sites at Arlington are those of President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The last time I went to Arlington the remains of Mrs Kennedy had been interred there. Since then, the remains of Senator Edward Kennedy have also been buried there. Where you often expect to see grand and ornate burial places for Presidents, the Kennedy graves are notable for their simplicity.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

You might think that this tomb honors just one Unknown Soldier. It does not. The remains of unknown soldiers from World Wars I and II and the Korean War are here. The Unknown Soldier from the Vietnam War was subsequently identified and re-interred near his home. Due to advances in DNA it seems unlikely that there will be another truly unknown soldier.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Tomb of the Unknowns, Changing of the Guard, Veteran's Day
  • Cons:not much parking
  • In a nutshell:A dignified tribute to those who served
  • Last visit to Arlington: Jan 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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