Since our last update we have gone to D.C. twice and experienced many things. On this day, we trained into the city, caught the Metro across town to Arlington National Cemetery. A little history about this iconic place first. Arlington National Cemetery is located on a parcel of land that once belonged to George Washington's step-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis. In 1857, Custis left the property to his daughter Mary Anna Randolph Custis and became the family home for her and her husband Robert E. Lee.
After the Lee family vacated the property at the onset of the Civil War in 1861, the grounds were used for various purposes, including serving as a camp and headquarters for Federal Troops during the Civil War and later providing a safe haven for former slaves seeking freedom. Arlington National Cemetery held its first military burial on May 13, 1864.
Today, it is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. It is a place to remember the men and women who served their nation and where all who visit can gain a sense of the sacrifice.
thousands of brave men and women have been laid o rest in Arlington. Among them, some of America's most honored heroes. When you arrive, you can see where John F. Kennedy and his family are buried in the Kennedy Family Gravesite. Also, witness the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Discover the story behind the Arlington House- site of the Robert E. Lee Memorial. Explore the gravesites of President William Taft, Thurgood Marshall, Alexander Haig, Anita Newcomb McGee and many more.
After we had lunch, back on the Metro to find the Lincoln Memorial, Korean War Memorial, Vietnam Memorial then lastly to discover James Smithson at the Smithsonian...