A Solemn Walk Through American History
Over 300,000 people are buried at this military cemetery. As one would expect, it's a huge amount of land and can take a good part of the morning or afternoon to explore. They have options of bus tours, but I set out on foot partly because it is free to walk through (as opposed to the bus tours, which costs) and mostly because I prefer to explore at my own leisure. Aside from the myriad gravestones rowed through the lawns, there are several memorials to visit. I stopped at the Tomb of the Unknowns first, where an unidentified soldier is buried after each war with American involvement. I arrived just in time for the changing of the guards, which was not visually inspiring but was impressive in its formality. Another unmissable stop is the eternal flame marking John F. Kennedy's burial site as well as the nearby graves of his brothers Bobby and Ted. There is something moving about the memorial to this American dynasty. The Arlington National Cemetery serves as an authentic monument to America's short but rich history.