Thursday, March 20, 2014

Holiday 2013 Photo Essay - Part 2 - Arlington Cemetery

After the Steve F Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum we visited the Arlington Cemetery. We were (still are but at later time in) studying American History and this is quite an icon in the history of America. I was quite surprised on how much of an 'attraction' this was. It is still an active cemetery.They have a car parking building (which you have to pay for), extensive signage, information centers, tours and a changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. If you like more information please visit the website on the changing of the guard here, it's quite detailed and I'm glad we had a chance to watch it. All the acres of graves was quite unreal and I was touched by the lives lost in war. It's kind of real when you see white crosses for miles. We visited the grave of J F Kennedy as well. It was a hot day and so only 'saw' the things we really wanted to see, it wasn't a great day for a stroll around the cemetery. 

Memorial Amphitheater
Happy Couple :)

More graves, every direction you look there are more.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Soldier on watch
(Notice the 'brown spots' that is
where they walk and do their 'change of the guard') 
Change over of the guard
Map of the Cemetery

JF Kennedy graveside
One of the quotes from JF Kennedy around his gravesite
"And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you but what together we can do for the freedom of man." 
I quite like this quote, something to think about!

Washington Memorial

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