Monday, June 9, 2014

Friday June 6, 2014-Cherry Hill Park, College Park MD

To continue from yesterday, and our very late night, we all decided to sleep in this morning and then decide what to do today. After coffee and breakfast we decided to drive over to the Arlington National Cemetery. We had been warned against driving into Washington but we looked at the route, I decided that I wasn't scared of the traffic (I've been driving in Houston most of my life!) and volunteered to drive. The trip wasn't bad after all, mostly freeway and a pretty drive. 

 Getting ready to go, waiting for the tram. They have many trams running constantly through the cemetery, and we could get off and look, then board another one and continue. 

 Here we are, ready to pull out. The weather was very pleasant with no clouds and warm- but not hot- temperatures, a perfect day to walk the hallowed grounds of Arlington.

 A view of many of the approximately 400,000 graves at the cemetery. There are 624 acres here. The Arlington House, at the top of a hill overlooking Washington, was the home of Robert E. Lee and contains some original furniture from his house.

 The graves of President John F. Kennedy and his widow, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 

 The changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown.

 A very moving demonstration of military precision.

 There were a lot of folks here today.

 We also saw a wreath-laying ceremony. There were a group of 6 school-age children that laid the wreath. There was no explanation of who the wreath was dedicated to.

I thought the flag at half staff was fitting to end this.

So long.

1 comment:

Ted and Donna said...

Arlington House used to be called the Custis-Lee mansion. I found it very interesting when we visited. At that time I hadn't known the close connections in families.