Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Two Postcards from Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery
Our nation's most hallowed ground was officially designated as a military cemetery in June 15, 1846 on the grounds of the Arlington House, once house of Robert E. Lee and occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War.  One of the most visited places at the cemetery is the eternal flame and state marker identifying the grave of President John F. Kennedy. The sign directs also to the Tomb of Unknown, that contains the remains of unknown American soldiers from World Wars I and II the Korean Conflict and (until 1998) the Vietnam War.

Photos by Eduardo Arrossi

This postcard is postmarked in 2016
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Arlington National Cemetery
More than 250,000 gravestones of American veterans and their families line the Virginia hillsides of Arlington National Cemetery.  Keeping watch over them is Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial.  Once the home of the famous general and his wife, Mary Custis Lee, a descendant of George Washington, the property was seized by the federal government and esteablished as a national cemetery in 1864.  Today, the sacrifices of all American veterans are honored here.

Photo: Carol M. Highsmith 

This is postmarked in 2001.

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