Arlington National Cemetery

We left around 9:00 to catch the blue metro to the Arlington Cemetery stop. We purchased tickets for the Tourmobile American Heritage Tour of Washington DC & Arlington Cemetery and began with a tour of the Cemetery.

The Arlington Cemetery tour included narrated driving portions and three stops.  The first stop was JFK’‘s grave and the eternal flame. Several years ago Data was very interested in JFK, and he read many books about the President. Visiting JFK’s grave site was especially meaningful for Data.

The next stop was at the tomb of the unknown soldier and the changing of the guard. What a privilege it must be to be one of the soldiers selected to guard the tomb (which, by the way, contains no body, since the “unknown soldier” was identified a few years back). The internal clock and meter these marching guards have is incredible. 

Arlington House was the final stop of the Cemetery tour. Unfortunately for us, the house was being renovated—we basically walked through an empty house. The stop was totally worth it, though, for the hill-top view of DC.

Ask Not

Ask Not

Simple

Simple

On the Hill

On the Hill

On the Tram

On the Tram

Ampitheather behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Ampitheather behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Ampitheather behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Ampitheather behind the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Silence and Respect - sad that it takes a sign

Silence and Respect - sad that it takes a sign

Interesting Architecture

Interesting Architecture

Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

The View

The View

Changing of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery August of 2009

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