Rocks along the Vietnam Memorial Wall

The_Wall_2-3909The runaway most read blog item the past two years is about rocks left on gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. Now I’ve spotted them at the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

The_Rocks_2-3907The first time came recently when seeing a series of four with messages like “Thank you so much.” I didn’t see anyone leave them, but I’m assuming it came from a school group.

Rocks on graves is popular among Jews, but also on Christian graves at Arlington. It dates back to the Bible when Jacob had his sons place large stones on top of his wife Rebecca’s grave to secure it. Today, it’s one way of saying, “Hey, stopped by to see you.”

Will rocks spread among the memorials? That’s a good question. I doubt it, but we’ll see.



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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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