Tag Archives: Arlington National Cemetery

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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Why are coins left on veterans’ graves?

Why are coins left on grave stones at Arlington National Cemetery? Particularly, the graves of Robert F. Kennedy and his brother Teddy plus World War II hero Audey Murphy. I thought it was something senseless the school kids did. Maybe … Continue reading

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The ‘Journalist’ of Arlington National Cemetery

Section 7A of Arlington National Cemetery is one of the smaller areas just below the Tomb of the Unknowns, but it certainly has a number of famous folks. Joe Louis, Pappy Boyington and Lee Marvin were buried just steps apart. … 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 ‘Price of Freedom’ is never cheap

It doesn’t take long to encounter the first example of Arlington National Cemetery’s reason for being. Steps from the visitors center’s west doors most people use to see the cemetery lies “The Price of Freedom” sculpture. The 12-foot, 1,800-pound bronze … 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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Full house at the Tomb of the Unknowns

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Remembering Audie Murphy at Arlington National Cemetery

(Reprinting one of our favorite columns) 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 … Continue reading

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Planning your Arlington National Cemetery visit

You want to see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns and the eternal flame where the Kennedys are buried, but have only one hour. What do you do? Uh, turn around and come back when … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Omar Bradley at Arlington National Cemetery

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A winter’s peek at Sir John Dill

Why would anyone walk Arlington National Cemetery in January? It’s the best time for photos. This photo above of Sir John Dill would be impossible when leaves are on the trees. By looking for the statue from a non-traditional angle, … Continue reading

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John Wingate Weeks worth a side trip

It’s funny how you can walk by something regularly, but come a different way one time and see it entirely differently. That’s how I stumbled upon the magnificent grave of John Wingate Weeks, a former Secretary of War who’s a … Continue reading

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Wandering on a cold winter’s day

It’s hard to be alone with your thoughts at Arlington National Cemetery for much of the year. Nearly four million people visit with crowds heavy from March to December. But January is the best time to visit if it’s not … Continue reading

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Bugler welcome visitors to Arlington National Cemetery

The first makeover of the Arlington National Cemetery welcome center in 20 years included six large murals of scenes around the cemetery. However, the centerpiece of the room is a Taps bugler patterned after Staff Sgt. Jesse Tubb of South … Continue reading

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Veterans Affairs chief rests in Arlington National Cemetery

Coming around the corner from Joe Kennedy’s memorial marker when heading to Lee’s mansion or the Crook’s Stairs, there’s a shiny black marble marker that catches your eye. Gordan Hall Mansfield, a wounded Vietnam veteran who later served as Deputy … Continue reading

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Christman stands tall in death

Sometimes I wander by a grave at Arlington National Cemetery and wonder who inspired such an interesting marker. And sometimes there’s very little information to learn. Cpl. Claude B. Christman  of the 27th U.S. Infantry was killed in Manila on … Continue reading

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Four brothers at Arlington National Cemetery

Band of Brothers is often used beyond the famous World War II unit. But for one grave marker at Arlington National Cemetery, it’s true. The four McCullough brothers are buried together in the back of the cemetery. All served in … Continue reading

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Seabees Monument stands ready for action

The toughest men of World War II might have been the Navy Seabees. Created in March 1942 to construct whatever was needed in World War II, the “Construction Builders” were known as “CBs” and hence Seabees. These guys could build … Continue reading

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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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