Second set of pictures from the DC trip. These were taken at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday, a free day the day before the Demonstration Ride on Sunday.
A sample photos of the layout of one of Arlington’s sections. Each marker is meticulously laid out to be perfect in alignment in each direction. Open areas are reserved for those yet to make this their final resting space.
President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis with an eternal flame.
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The wreath states “Run For the Wall You’re Not Forgotten”.
The never-ending guard of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. These guards are ever present, and have never stopped guarding the tomb; being ever present even through hurricanes.
The Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater. This area is used to seat hundreds of people during memorial services conducted at Arlington. Has the feel of a ancient Roman coliseum.
Space Shuttle Columbia Memorial.
Memorial for those who perished attempting to rescue the U.S. Embassy hostages in Iran, back in April of 1980.
Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial.
U.S.S. Maine Memorial.
Unknown Soldiers Memorial from the Civil War. The bones of 2,111 unknown soldiers have been laid to rest under this massive stone.
Women of War Memorial. A tribute to those women who served who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.
All of the above photos were taken by my wife as some of our friends and her took the tour. There are literally hundreds of memorials located on the Arlington grounds, and the above are only a small representation. The scope of the grounds is hard to comprehend, with literally tens of thousands of graves, memorials, and numerous structures scattered around. It can take days to see everything, and visit all the sections of the cemetery.
While my wife was on the tour and took the above pictures, I had my own agenda. A friend of mine’s father was buried at Arlington in 2007, and she had asked if I had the time when visiting the cemetery, if I could get her some nice photos of his marker and the surrounding area. If you followed my blog, you’ve read about this adventure. I was glad to do it for her; and the below is just one of the pictures I was able to give to her upon my return.
We took well over 1,500 photos during our trip; it’s hard to pick a few representative ones to put up on the blog here.