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Arlington National Cemetery; Virginia

Reviewing: Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia  |  Rating:
By tkddad on
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My wife and I always have wanted to visit Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. On our trip to we decided to take the Metro transportation, which was so much easier then driving.

This cemetery is a beautiful place. The landscape was very well taken care of. We did the audio tour, which I feel is a must. It really brings the history of the Cemetery and those who rest there, alive.

I was moved while watching the changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Please be respectful though, I had two ladies that kept talking loudly to each other when everyone was quiet. I could tell I was not the only person bothered by these two.

Of course John F. Kennedy's resting spot is a must. I was not born when Kennedy was killed but seeing the gravesite and the Eternal Flame, along with the audio playing of the gun shot that killed Kennedy (through the audio tour), made me realize how the Country must have felt the day.

There is also a Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial and all 7 crew members are buried here. Which I did not know until I saw it on the map.

Take your time to just walk around the cemetery. My wife and I went to all the well known grave sites but we also enjoyed just walking along the lesser known ones too.

This place is peaceful and beautiful. It is a big place so wear some comfortable walking shoes. I feel everyone should visit this place at least once in their lifetime.