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The face behind the grave

I’m partial to grave markers that include an etching of the person buried there. It’s one thing to read about them, but pretty cool to see what they looked like. Green Clay Smith is among a handful of large markers … Continue reading

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Sir John Dill worth stopping for a breather

When first becoming a guide, I wasn’t the tip-top physical specimen before you today (kidding) and needed a quick breather when walking people up to the Tomb of the Unknowns. If you don’t split to the right to see John … Continue reading

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Sons of Revolutionary War at Arlington National Cemetery

While Arlington National Cemetery didn’t open until 80 years after the Revolutionary War, there are 11 veterans interred there. Nine are in Section 1 in the cemetery’s rear near the Fort Meyer gate while Pierre L’Enfant and Hugh Auld are … Continue reading

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New perspective can make you feel like an idiot

I wrote about a tree in Arlington National Cemetery that nearly overtook a grave. But I came upon the tree from the opposite angle recently and there was a second grave tucked in the other side of the tree I … Continue reading

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The curious tale of Socrates Hoffin, uh Hofius

Wandering Arlington National Cemetery’s back regions, I came across a grave that just struck me. Socrates Hoffin – sounded like a cool name. Figured I’d look him up. And there began the journey. After searching military records that list him … Continue reading

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Arlington National marker tells its own story

Arlington National Cemetery folks like to say every grave has a story. This time, the grave marker tells the story. Sergt. Edwin W. Wall, says the granite marker near the mast of the Maine behind the Tomb of the Unknowns, … Continue reading

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Flashback: Finding my own monumental tree

(Reprinted from Jan. 14, 2011) I have a family member buried in Arlington National Cemetery. I never knew him. Never knew of him until researching my family tree. But, Fallas Broche, my maternal grandfather’s brother, is among the 330,000 buried … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Davis at Arlington National Cemetery

It’s easy to miss things in Arlington National Cemetery. Most people want to see the changing of the guard and the eternal flame of John F. Kennedy’s grave. It’s already a long walk so they don’t see much else. Those … Continue reading

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The coolest monument in Arlington National Cemetery

I’ve seen probably 95 percent of Arlington National Cemetery and Section 1 in the back is my hands-down favorite. You never know what you’ll find among hundreds of ornate markers. Leave it to a sailor to have a breath-taking marker … Continue reading

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Third Infantry — Rock of the Marne

I love monuments that come with explanations. This granite marker in Arlington National Cemetery not far from the Tomb of the Unknowns explains why the Army unit is so important. I’ll simply let it explain itself. “The 3rd Division was … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Arlington National Cemetery

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John Glenn: From the stars to Arlington National Cemetery

Growing up in the 1960s, our heroes were astronauts. Men were going to the moon. The moon! Today, space exploration seems doable, but back then they were flying in outer space with less technology than in our cell phones. My … Continue reading

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The boxer and actor

One of my favorite stops while walking through Arlington National Cemetery is just below the Tomb of the Unknowns where heavyweight champion Joe Louis lies next to famed actor Lee Marvin. Maybe it’s just a good spot to catch your … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater

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World War I remembered at Arlington National Cemetery

The Arlington National Cemetery Visitors Center remembers “The Great War” with a display commemorating the 100th anniversary of its end. The lobby is filled with World War I paintings, photos and information on the war that changed the world and … Continue reading

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Space Shuttle Challenger remembered at Arlington

It’s one of those moments we all remember. The Space Shuttle Challenger exploding just 73.5 seconds after leaving Cape Kennedy on Jan. 28, 1986. An o-ring in the right booster rocket leaking hot gasses that led to the fuel tank … 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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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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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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3 Iwo Jima flag raisers buried at Arlington National Cemetery

  Battle of Iwo Jima Seventy years have passed since five Marines and a Navy corpsman lifted a flag into the volcanic ash to inspire Americans into one last push to defeat the Japanese and end World War II. And … Continue reading

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