Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery...and a Visit to my Cousin's Grave

Yesterday we made our annual trip to Arlington National Cemetery to reflect and remember those who gave all, so we could be free. This time our first stop was Arlington House, which I shall share more about in a later post.  

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Memorial Day began in 1868 to honor those who died in the Civil War. Originally it was called Decoration Day...the decoration of the graves being flowers. These flowers are those of the garden that existed here long before a soldier was buried at this famous place that once used to be a home. This is one of the first graves at this famous home, dug in 1864. The graves were laid first on the perimeter of the 19th century garden, before Decoration Day began.

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As we journeyed down the hill, we watched the flowers being laid in Decoration Day memory of each of our heroes.

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The journey is solemn.

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All gave some...

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Some...

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...gave all.

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One each stone was inscribed a story...

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...of a hero...

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...who risked all so we could be free.

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We journeyed to a weeping willow... 

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...where my mom's cousin laid with his buddies.

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They were shot down near Japan.

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Their story is in this post.

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