Friday, December 30, 2011

Arlington National Cemetery

It was a beautiful winter day, so we took the metro to Arlington Cemetery.We have been to the Cemetery several times over the years. But this visit we watched the Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and then witnessed a funeral with horse drawn carriage and riderless horse with the Army band and a very long procession. The drum beat played while the procession meandered to the final resting place. It reminded me of President Kennedy's funeral that we watched on  black and white TV in 1963. We paid respects to all three Kennedy brothers, Jackie, and Patrick, who are buried at the foot of the hill below General and Mrs. Lee's home. The view of the city is magnificent from this vantage point. It is interesting to visit this place at different times of the year. In winter, the trees look sad - which only seems fitting.
Eternal flame at President Kennedy's grave site

Robert Kennedy's grave site

Tomb of the Unknown

Funeral Procession with Riderless Horse - it was very moving

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