Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Arlington National Cemetery Walking Tour #WashingtonDCtrip

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about historical places in Washington DC.  After our tour of the  Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception,we headed to the Arlington National Cemetery. Because of our travel delay, we were not able to follow our schedule.
"Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in whose 624 acres (253 ha) the dead of the nation's conflicts have been buried, beginning with the Civil War, as well as reinterred dead from earlier wars. The United States Department of the Army, a component of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), controls the cemetery." - Wikipedia
"The national cemetery was established during the Civil War on the grounds of Arlington House, which had been the estate of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's wife Mary Anna Custis Lee (a great-granddaughter of Martha Washington). The Cemetery, along with Arlington House, Memorial Drive, the Hemicycle, and the Arlington Memorial Bridge, form the Arlington National Cemetery Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in April 2014." - Wikipedia
The rain did not stop us from exploring. Walking at the cemetery is so sad.  A lot of lives was lost during the war.
We must not forget the sacrifices that these men and women have gone through, they gave their lives just so we could enjoy the freedom that we have now.
My son's class was scheduled to  go this year but was cancelled due to Covid19 pandemic.  He definitely missed out on some of the key school events this year.  
We don't know anyone that was buried here.  My husband wants to visit the Normandy American Cemetery where his uncle Paul was buried.  His uncle served in the army and one of the many american soldiers that perished during Normandy Invasion. According to the statistics, 9,387 american soldiers from World War 2 and 1 soldier from World War 1 were buried there.

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