We decided to take the trike to Arlington National Cemetery instead of the metro and I’m glad we did. The road we took was not crowded, it took us along the Potomac River and through Alexandra, VA
Arlington National Cemetery is our only planned stop, because of the heat. This is also laundry day, with all the humidity we have been sweating more.
It was sunny, and hot, when we started the ride. Didn’t look like rain today.
To enter Arlington National Cemetery, one has to go through screening, which I thought was interesting. There are trams that are available, but we just walked. The Tomb of the Unknown Solider is a bit of a hike to get to.
The changing of the guard takes place every 30 minutes, and we got there just as they were starting. There was already a crowd gathered before we got there, so we were not in a good viewing place, and we were standing in the sun. It was a moving ceremony to watch but I noticed a better position would be to view the ceremony closer to where the guard was being inspected. So, we stayed for another changing of the guard. We would be in the shade and close enough to see the inspection of the guard.
Being in the service myself watching the inspection brought back memories. I was able to get a few videos of the event. Unfortunately, I’m not able to post them in this blog. But we did get some pictures. After the second viewing they also had two wreath ceremonies that we were privileged to see.
After seeing the changing of the guard we walked over to the family grave site of JFK and Jacqueline. It’s a good walk from the unknown soldier memorial.
More than 400,000 people have been buried at Arlington National Cemetery, including two U.S. Presidents—William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy.
Currently, as many as 30 U.S. service members or relatives are buried at Arlington each day. The cemetery, which has gone through several expansions through the years, now spans 624 acres, roughly one square mile.
The Millennium Expansion Project, started in 2014, adds 27 acres and roughly 30,000 additional burial plots to the cemetery. Even with the expansion, Arlington National Cemetery is expected to reach capacity by the 2040s.
Route and mileage
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