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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 General stone

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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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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

(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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Fall is the best time to walk Arlington National Cemetery

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Ready to rake leaves at Arlington National Cemetery?

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Finding relatives at Arlington National Cemetery

We’ve all seen the World War II movies. The wave of dead bodies that seem like a Hollywood trick and not someone else’s family. I recently learned one of them was family on my mother’s side. A couple branches over … 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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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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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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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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Wordless Wednesday: Arlington National Cemetery

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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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