Category Archives: Arlington National Cemetery

A picture’s worth a thousand words

Probably 90 percent of visitors at Arlington National Cemetery walk through the middle of the 660 acres to John F. Kennedy’s Eternal Flame and then cross over to the Tomb of the Unknowns for the changing of the guard. Some … Continue reading

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Giant pile of rocks dwarfed by the man underneath

What rocks atop graves means is the runaway most read post on a daily basis in the near three years of my blog. Rocks are a Jewish tradition stemming from the Bible where Rebecca is buried along the road to … Continue reading

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A champion in the ring – Joe Louis

You’re busy trying to make the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns so you see an interesting grave but don’t stop. Well, stop on the way down the hill at Arlington National Cemetery because if nothing … Continue reading

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The Cursed Lincoln?

Robert Todd Lincoln fascinates me. The only son of Abraham Lincoln (please tell me you know who he is) to live past 18 was called “The Cursed Lincoln.” Really? His father was assassinated and Robert’s the one who was cursed? … Continue reading

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Senator Cushman Kellogg was a renaissance man

In the very back corner of Arlington National Cemetery, and I’ll give you a special merit badge for finding this memorial under a tree by the superintendent’s residence, lies one of the special politicians of the post-Civil War era. Cushman … Continue reading

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On the edge of Arlington National: Medgar Evers

I like to wander the edges of Arlington National Cemetery, by forgotten graves far from the hordes of visitors who don’t stray far from the Kennedy flame and Tomb of the Unknowns. It’s peaceful, feeling like a cemetery instead of … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Wreaths Across America

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70,000 attend Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery

I’ve often attended “Wreaths Across America” at Arlington National Cemetery. It’s just nice to see good people helping out. I wish that was on the TV news instead of who killed who. With 70 degree weather expected in mid-December versus … Continue reading

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Remembering a soldier’s death – John Rodgers Meigs

A life-sized bronze Union soldier is shown atop his grave just like this final moments were spent. It’s pretty dramatic in Arlington National Cemetery filled with overwhelming memorials. John Rodgers Meigs was the third generation of a proud military family. … Continue reading

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Arlington House to close for one year

Perched high atop Arlington National Cemetery, the former home of Robert E. Lee and his wife Mary will close for extensive renovations for one year beginning in Sept. 2016. Operated by the National Park Service, Arlington House gets a long … Continue reading

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Heightened security coming to Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery officials told a gathering of local tour guides that heightened security measures will begin in coming months to greatly inhibit access to the national cemetery. Really, a cemetery needs metal detectors and ID checks? The most recent … Continue reading

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A stone of another color

It’s funny what grabs you while walking among the graves at Arlington National Cemetery. The large purple quartz marker that includes the plaque of James Fingal Gregory is one of a kind. At least, I’ve never seen one like it … Continue reading

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Remembering Audie Murphy at Arlington National Cemetery

It’s amazing how yesterday’s heroes are today’s forgotten ones. It happens all the time in society. Singers and actors once all the rage now draw blank stares from teens. Sinatra – is that a first or last name? So it … Continue reading

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Marker gives a new meaning to ‘Anchors away’

Navy commodore George Francis Cutter and his wife Mary Louisa Cutter rest in the rear of Arlington National Cemetery. The Section 1 memorial has an anchor atop a rocky memorial. It’s one of the more unusual markers in the cemetery … Continue reading

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Tuskegee Airmen remembered with sugar maple tree

They were the best escort airmen in World War II and today the Tuskegee Airmen are remembered at Arlington National Cemetery with a sugar maple tree near the Tomb of the Unknowns. Arlington’s grounds are beautiful, especially this time of … Continue reading

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The man behind the grave marker

It’s not often you see who’s lying underground, but former U.S. Secretary of War William Worth Belknap’s image adorns a large bronze medallion on his marker at Arlington National Cemetery that’s worth a look. Located near the Pan Am 103 … Continue reading

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U.S. meets Canada at Tomb of the Unknowns

I took a group to the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Monday. Just another day until crossing over from the Kennedy graves to find a howitzer blocking our path between the Crook stairs. I’ve … Continue reading

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Native Washingtonian 101: Baby, it’s cold outside this winter

  Winter in Washington our guides don’t work much in January and February for good reason — it’s cold outside. Now native Washingtonians know there are various degrees of cold and we often hear from visitors that this is nothing … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Changing of the Guard

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A family funeral at Arlington National Cemetery

It’s one thing to pass the endless white stones while leading visitors through Arlington National Cemetery. And it’s another to have a long ago family member buried there but never knowing them like my grand uncle. But this time it … Continue reading

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