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“Military Service at Arlington”

Arlington National Cemetery
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Veterans of every American war from the Revolution to the country's most recent conflicts are buried at Arlington, which was officially declared a military cemetery in 1864. Among the more than 260,000 dead are three unidentified service members, buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and John F. Kennedy, whose gravesite is marked by an eternal flame.
Chicago, Illinois
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“Military Service at Arlington”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

My Uncle had requested a Military service. He had no idea it would be at Arlington. I'm sure he would have approved.

The service is incredibly solemn. A representative meets with the family beforehand in the visitors center. They talk about some of the details that will take place. Our representative was knowledgable and led a comforting hand. In our case, we had a Rabbi who would officiate at the actual ceremony.

After meeting with our representative, we drove in a small procession to the site where the service was held. Soldiers met us there. Everything in the service was done with reverence. They fired three shots and a soldier played taps. Our Uncle had chosen to be cremated so his ashes were placed in a vault where the Rabbi recited the mourners prayer. It was a beautiful mix of religion with mostly Military overtones.

Visited November 2013
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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Definitely check this out it is well worth the trip. It is amazing seeing all the tombstones all around you. Also you have a great view of Washington, D.C. Don't miss! There is a lot of walking but it is worth it

Visited November 2013
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“Must visit for every American”
Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

Every American should visit this site at least once in their life to pay their respects to the men and women who have served this country. The whole place is hallowed ground, simply walking through it will change you forever. Visit section 60 to honor the veterans of OIF and OEF.

Visited November 2013
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Peoria, Illinois
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“A Perfect Tribute”
Reviewed November 10, 2013 via mobile

My first visit since 8th Grade reinforced my appreciation of this national treasure. The silence as visitors contemplated the Tomb of the Unknown was so impactful. The same for the respectful pilgrimages to the Kennedy grave site and nearby burial spot for Robert, Teddy & Joseph. There is now an excellent app that highlights particularly notable grave sites. This visit was on a sunny, brisk Veterans Day weekend. Solemn, beautiful and humbling.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Sacred Ground”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Of all the places to see in the Washington D.C. area, this is the one thing you should see. Being in the military many years ago, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns is one of the most moving experiences I have ever had, and to see the rows of white tomb stone markers is very emotional. The Kennedy graves are interesting to see, but to me did not compare to the Tombs of the Unknowns.Fort Myer is also a very interesting place, the homes of many Generals and the home of the 3rd infantry, the Presidents Honor Guard and Guards ot the Tombs of the Unknows.

Visited September 2013
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