Arlington National Cemetery

Happy New Year’s everyone!

I hope 2011 is filled with great things for you and your loved ones.

On our way back from Virginia yesterday, we took an impromptu trip back to Washington D.C. to visit the Arlington National Cemetery. We went to Washington D.C. this past summer as well, but because it started raining we couldn’t do/see everything we had planned to do/see. Even now, we still haven’t done everything but one of the places I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to was the Arlington National Cemetery.

Here are a few of the pictures we took:

The eternal flame at JFK’s grave site. It’s located between JFK and Jackie Kennedy.
View of the Washington Monument
Not sure if you can make it out, but this is the grave site for Edward Kennedy
The Tomb of the Unknowns
There is a guard present 24 hours a day, every single day with no exceptions at The Tomb of the Unknowns… and there is a ‘changing of the guard’ ceremony at the top of the hour that takes about 12 minutes (which continues to happen after the visiting hours are over as well).
I remember the day this happened I was at the Liberty Science Center with my family.
View of Washington D.C.
I was surprised (and amused) that they sell this at the gift shop there.
By the way, did you know that Washington D.C. doesn’t have any fireworks for New Year’s? We also went there the night before with our extended family from Virginia and my grandfather (13 people) and there were none! Apparently they only have them for the 4th of July. Who would have thought?

I would have never guessed that the nation’s capital wouldn’t do fireworks for New Years! I guess the no traffic along the way (when we left after 11 PM) and the fact that we found parking relatively easily should have been a hint, but there were so many other people waiting there expecting the fireworks too… very odd.

P.S. Don’t forget to leave me a comment below on your thoughts! As always, I’d love to hear from you.

1 Comment

  1. […] I’ve seen most of the tourist spots between my ten day stay in Baltimore/Washington D.C. through LeadAmerica’s Law and Trial Advocacy Program back in 2005. What I hadn’t seen then and really wanted to see was the Arlington National Cemetery [mostly for the eternal flame at JFK's grave site], but I did get to experience that a few years back with my parents and brother. […]

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