I travel the world and am truly amazed with the sights, cultures, and people but in my eyes there is no place like home.


03 February 2011

Arlington Memorial Cemetery

I have wanted to go to Arlington for a very long time. This last weekend we made it a priority and I am so grateful.

It was amazing. So expansive, much much larger than I had expected. Such a display of loss, sacrifice, and courage all at once.

I had always assumed all the headstones were the same at Arlington but actually there were many very ornate and large headstones as well as the expected square marble version.

Viewing the graves and flame of the Kennedy family was a real treat for me as I have always loved Jackie Kennedy.

The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was also an amazing experience. Something I highly recommend.

It’s such a serious ordeal steeped in tradition and honor.

The views of DC were breathtaking.

Sometimes words aren’t enough to convey emotions felt - this is one of those times. Thinking of all these people who died protecting our rights and freedoms and of their families and loved ones. Such a heroic act.


Jesse {GoodGirlGoneGlad} said...

WOW! All of the photos are... indescribable really. I'm so thankful for you and all of the other who have served our country. Have a great weekend Melissa. =)

Lissa said...

I've been there once. I also saw the changing of the guard. It was in July and it was sooo muggy.

cute outfit.

Hi! I'm LiLi! said...

I love going to Virginia and DC. I'm so fortunate I live about an hour away. Great photos, by the way.

Kara said...

Just followed a link here from urban grace and stumbled onto your blog. When I was in 8th grade I got to lay the wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. One of my favorite memories!