Monday, October 4, 2010

My Beloved Arlington National Cemetery

The day we decided to visit Arlington was a record setting temperature day! 99 degrees and 90% humidity. It was hot! We normally travel to D.C. in the month of August and figured it would be so much cooler in September! Are ya kiddin me? This is the view of the entrance as you exit the metro stop.

This is section 60 and it is located off of York Drive. This is the path we walk to go up to the Columbarium where my father is inurned. As you can see there are many new graves and as my mother and I go to D.C. every year we are "shockingly aware" of the rows and rows of new deceased. This section is reserved for those are who are killed in the current Afghanistan and Iraqi conflict. It is always very humbling as we pass by here and it always brings tears to my eyes.

Visiting my daddy! I love you daddy! There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of you and miss you with all my heart!

Section 8 of the Columbarium section where my dad is inurned.

Headed up to Arlington House via McClellan Way

We were really so excited to see the finished renovation at our beloved Arlington House. When we had hiked up here two years ago the house had no furniture. We were so disappointed when we entered and it looked the very same! The guide at the door said that they had run into problems and alot of the restoration had to be delayed.
It was quite a hot and treacherous walk up here due to the horrible heat and humidity. Mama's cheeks were red and we both had to sit and hydrate ourselves before we walked back down.
But all in all.............We were glad we did it!

Beneath This Stone
"Repose the bones of two thousand one hundred and eleven soldiers gathered after the Civil War from the fields of Bull Run and the route to Rappahannock. These remains could never be identified."
This stone is located in Arlington House Garden. This was Mary Custis Lee's beautiful garden.
After the seizure of Arlington House by the Union officers they decided that this was the perfect spot to bury the soldiers as this would detour the Lee family from ever coming back!


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