This Memorial Day, I wanted to take a moment to truly remember those who have died serving my country, the United States.
A few years ago, I visited Arlington Cemetery and never posted the photos because I couldn’t bring myself to look at them again. Truth be told, this was such an emotional and emotionally draining day for me. Seeing row after row after row of fallen soldiers – many of them so incredibly young – was really difficult. But this year, I’ve finally brought out my folder from this day and would like to share them with you. I’ve saved all of the images until the end of the blog post, so be sure to read through the end.
In case you are unfamiliar, Arlington Cemetery is a truly gigantic cemetery dedicated to those who died serving the United States. It’s a beautiful spot for those who wish to pay their respects and has become a popular tourist destination for special graves and ceremonies, such as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Changing of the Guard, and the final resting place of the Kennedy’s.
It is located just outside of Washington D.C. in Arlington, Virginia. It is a quick drive from the National Mall but is also easily accessible when riding the metro (blue line, Arlington Cemetery stop).
When visiting, it’s important to be respectful of the grounds and the graves because it is an active cemetery and families frequent the grounds to remember their loved ones.
A few tips if you plan to visit – The cemetery is very hilly and large, so wear comfortable walking shoes. On a summer day, the cemetery can get very humid and hot, but there are plenty of benches with shade trees to sit under and there are drinking fountains available throughout. It’s free to visit, open 365 days a year from 8am – 5pm ET.
Now, without further ado, here are a few of the photos that I took during my visit to Arlington Cemetery.
If you’re in the area and have a few hours, please take a moment to pay your respects to those who lost their lives serving our country and take a moment of silence.
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