Site Columns By Michelle
May 26, 2006 - 9:41 PM

Hello World!

We went last Sunday to Arlington National Cemetery, where we had intended to make a brief stop en route to the Smithsonian, but ended up spending the entire afternoon. It was a perfect day to be outdoors at Arlington and at the Marine Corps War Memorial (better known as the Iwo Jima Memorial), slightly overcast and not very crowded - it will be very different this upcoming weekend, with Memorial Day on Monday here in the US, when there will be an American flag on every soldier's grave.

I hadn't been to the cemetery in easily 25 years; I was trying to guess the last time by remembering dates, but all I can say for sure is that it was before the Challenger exploded and long before Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was buried next to JFK. I'd never been inside Arlington House, Robert E. Lee and Mary Custis' home originally built as a memorial to her ancestor George Washington, which stands on the hill overlooking the cemetery facing the Lincoln Memorial with Memorial Bridge a literal bridge between North and South. Nor did I have any memory of previously noting the mast and anchor of the USS Maine, though I must have passed them on the way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where we watched the changing of the guard and two wreath-laying ceremonies.

I've always felt a personal connection to the shuttle crews; I was one of those Trekkies who wrote to ask Congress to name the first orbiter Enterprise, and I have visited it at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. To see the Challenger and Columbia memorials is particularly painful, though I'm told that it's still the Kennedy graves that attract the most attention and grief from tourists.

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