(Members of the Third US Infantry Regiment, Arlington Cemetery’s “old Guard,” carry a fallen soldier to a final resting place.)
It’s Memorial Day weekend in the US. Over this weekend, Americans will remember our fallen military members and their families with parades, cemetery visits, flags, speeches, and wreath-laying ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Families across the nation will also gather for cookouts, visits to local cemeteries, and reflections on the costs and impact of war on relationships, families, neighbors, our country, and our world. It’s a poignant weekend.
I toured Arlington Cemetery a few years ago with my sister, her husband, and their three boys. They’re a military family. It was an awesome time. The kids walked the grounds of Arlington with their parents. Because I have trouble walking long distances, I opted for the Cemetery Tourmobile tour of all the periods of American military history represented at the Cemetery; the different tomb stone shapes, the confederate and union sections, the areas for each of the world wars, and President Kennedy’s memorial. I felt as though we were sharing a moment in time with all the soldiers throughout our country’s history who lay at rest around us.