Posted by: danielfee | May 28, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 05-28-2012

Arlington House – Arlington National Cemetery – Arlington,VA

Eternal Flame – JFK Grave

Arlington National Cemetery

On this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember all those who have served the country. Arlington National Cemetery, located across the bridge on the other side of the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial, is the national military cemetery which was established during the Civil War. Every Memorial Day it is a tradition for the President of the United States to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The first soldier to be buried in Arlington was Private William Henry Christman of Pennsylvania on May 13, 1864. There were 367 Medal of Honor recipients buried in Arlington National Cemetery as of 2006. Four State funerals have been held at Arlington: those of Presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy, that of General John J. Pershing, and that of U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy. All Presidents of the United States are eligible to be buried at Arlington whether or not they were wartime service members since they oversaw the armed forces as Commander-in-chief.

Among the most frequently visited sites in the cemetery is the grave of President John F. Kennedy. The grave is marked with the Eternal Flame and the wall surrounding it is inscribed with his most memorable quote. The remains of his brothers, Senator Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy, are buried nearby. His wife Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and two of their children are buried next to President Kennedy.

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  1. The vastness of Arlington is overwhelming and humbling, to be sure

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