Traveling about the well-known, Arlington Cemetery, brought about various emotions. Laurie felt them as well. In fact she was hesitant to go to the grounds. We were, indeed, on “Hallowed ground”.
The respect we have for those thousands upon thousands of individuals buried on this property produced prominent emotions. However, a sadness is forever present as well. Young soldiers never had the opportunity to have families, and be a part in the American life. Those white headstones each have a story that will never be known in most cases.
A view of the TOMB of the UNKOWN SOLDIER
I did feel a sense of honor just being on the site. I was never a veteran, but I sure appreciate the sacrifices made by those resting under those stones. Many well-known individuals have been laid to rest here, too. Names such as Audie Murphy who was the most decorated solider of the second world war is one. General Jack Pershing is buried here. He was the general of World War 1. President John Kennedy is buried here, as well. I immediately went back to 1963 as a third grade boy trying to understand what was happening. The teacher walked into the classroom and told us of the assassination.
We managed to witness the “CHANGING OF THE GUARD” at the “TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER.” This was very somber event. The actions of some very dedicated young men is heartwarming to see. These men pay tribute to fallen comrades in arms. A hurricane in recent years allowed the soldiers to stay in until the storm blew over. The men refused, and stayed on guard duty despite the horrible weather. Like I said, these are dedicated men. We were honored to witness this.
The property itself consists of over 600 acres of low-rolling hills with trees. Some of the trees are very old, and mature. Winding streets allow for easy access to see the many memorials.
We could see the Pentagon south of Arlington. I, also, immediately remembered where I was on September 11, 2001 when Islamic terrorists flew a plane into that building. One doesn’t forget terrible events like that. I hope we won’t need to remember any other such actions, but the reality is, “it is not a matter of time, but when! Evil still abounds!”
The most impressive sight to see were the countless tombstones covering those grassy areas. Those stones, individual monuments, are to brave men, and women willing to sacrifice their lives for freedom, and liberty.
Side view of the amphitheater.
Arlington Cemetery’s website is: http://www.arlingtoncemetary.mil/