June 23, 2012 – Arlington National Cemetery is a location just outside of DC that is worth your time. It isn’t necessarily typical to say “go visit a cemetery” but in this case, it is. The cemetery which is the resting place for many service men and women sprawls out over a beautiful lawn with large trees providing shade. The monuments and memorials through out are beautiful and moving but aside from the overwhelming feeling you get by the sheer number of tombstones you come across the one portion of Arlington that leaves me completely silent is the Tomb of the Unknowns, also known as the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.
Note to Travelers: This is a cemetery and you should treat it with respect but for specific locations (this Tomb and JFK’s burial site) you must remain silent. The handsome guard at the tomb will turn and yell at you if you talk.
During the summer months there is a changing of the guard every half hour so you have an opportunity to witness this ceremony quite frequently. The location is pretty much in direct sunlight so expect to be in the blazing heat for a number of minutes. Arrive fifteen minutes before the changing of the guard if you would like to get a close spot for photos.