In Memoriam: A Photo Essay of Arlington National Cemetery

Each year on the last Monday in May, the United States observes Memorial Day. This day is set aside to honor those who died while serving in the US military. While some use this long weekend as a time to rest, barbecue, or shop at one of the many sales at their local shopping malls, the original intent of this day should not be forgotten. To commemorate this Memorial Day, we at Global ETA put together this photo essay of our 2010 visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

The first burials at Arlington took place in May 1864 and one month later, it was established as a national cemetery.  Located in Arlington, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington National Cemetery is now the final resting place for over 400,000 active duty service members, veterans, and their families. The grounds are beautiful and serene but a lot to cover, so allow at least a half-day for a visit. In addition, it is helpful to plan what you would like to see in advance, so that you give yourself plenty of time.The photos below represent some of the main highlights of Arlington National Cemetery, including the Tomb of the Unknown SoldierJohn F. Kennedy’s grave siteMedgar Evers’ grave site, the Space Shuttle Challenger MemorialArlington House (Robert E. Lee Memorial), and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Just click on one to open the full photo and slide show. These are but a few of the important sites to visit at Arlington National Cemetery; see the webpage for more information. Wishing everyone a safe and reflective Memorial Day weekend.

Have you been to Arlington National Cemetery? How are you commemorating Memorial Day? Who will you be honoring? Leave comments below!

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