Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is an amazing part of U.S. history. I learned many fascinating facts about it. Over 300,000 graves are located in Arlington. United States soldiers from the Revolutionary War through the Iraq War, have been buried there. Although Arlington is mostly a military cemetery, there are presidents, supreme courts justices, and other non-soldiers buried there. A special part of the cemetery is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.There is an Unknown Soldier from World War 1 and 2, The Korea War, and an empty tomb to represent all missing in action from the Vietnam War. Arlington is one of the most known national cemeteries in the U.S.
I think people should visit this landmark, because it is unique and historic to the United States. Our class has to opportunity to visit, and two students will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This is a rare, once-in-a-lifetime chance. Arlington is the final resting place of John and Robert Kennedy, William Howard Taft, and many other famous Americans. I hope when our class or any person visits, they will truly understand the sacrifice these people have made for us, and how proud we should be to be Americans.


  1. You had so many facts for that, it had to be important. I'm glad we get to visit this when we go to D.C. Whoever is chosen is very lucky, so they should appreciate it. Many famous people have been buried there, so it deserves to be honored. It also holds so many important people because they risked their lives so save other's lives.

  2. That's a really good post, Madison! I think you should lay the wreath on the tomb. I especially like how you said, "non-soldiers." Your right - this cemetery is a huge part in U.S. history. The people who died so America could be a country are in there. I think that I'll visit it again someday after the Washington, D.C. trip. Great job!

  3. Your description is really good! Visiting Arlington National Cemetery is an incredible experience because, as you said, there is so much history to it. I was there in July 2008 and saw the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier too. It is so somber yet so breathtaking - hundreds of people standing and watching, and everyone was completely silent. It will be a real honor and an unforgettable experience for whoever get to lay the wreath at the tomb.

  4. That sounds like an amazing experience. I thought you expressed yourself well and made an excellent point. I haven't been to my own local graveyard yet but perhaps I should.


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