Monday, April 09, 2012

Spring Break: Arlington National Cemetery

One entrance to The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.
While in Washington D.C. for two Spring Break college visits with my wife and stepson, we took advantage of any down time to visit some of the more "touristy" sites.

In this case, "touristy" does not mean "lame" or have a negative connotation, but more often than not, the most frequently visited locales are "powerful" in both their construction and message. Though my wife had visited it previously, this was my first trip to the Arlington National Cemetery, and like many of the sites in the capitol, we could have spent even more than the 3+ we did.

The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery ready for an Easter celebration.
Specific trees located throughout Arlington also carry a level of symbolism and meaning.
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy Gravesite.
The Eternal Flame over the grave of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
The Eternal Flame.
The mast of the USS Maine Memorial.
The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery is also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial.
A cannon at the USS Maine Memorial.

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