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Showing posts with label Arlington Cemetery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arlington Cemetery. Show all posts

Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014 Valor Run and the 17th Anniversary of Washington DC's Women in Military Service Memorial

Below are some shots from the end of a 160 mile run to honor the 160 women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, go to and

The run ended at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington Cemetery.

Today was the 17th anniversary of the Memorial which coincided nicely with the end of the run.

Here's some information in the Memorial from

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial (Women’s Memorial) is the only major national memorial to honor the service of America’s 2.5 million servicewomen, past and present, beginning with the American Revolution.

Our mission is to tell the story of women’s service, collectively and individually. Collectively, through our exhibits, programs and activities, informational materials, audio-visual productions and world-class archive. Individually, through the Register, the computerized interactive database of the nation's servicewomen, past and present.

The Women’s Memorial, located at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, is a 33,000 sq. ft. Memorial and Education Center. Dedicated on Oct. 18, 1997, the Memorial houses an exhibit gallery chronicling the history of women’s service, a 196-seat theater, Hall of Honor, conference room, gift shop and an outdoor terrace and Court of Valor. The heart of the Memorial is the Register, an interactive database that includes the name, picture, service history and awards and decorations of nearly 245,000 past and present servicewomen, who have taken their rightful place in history for generations to come by registering their service with the Memorial.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Arlington National Cemetery: Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier Christmas Wreaths

While at Arlington Cemetery during the "Wreaths Across America" ceremonies, I spent some time at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier.  It's always a sobering experience to watch the changing of the guard and today I also got to observe the placing of the Christmas Wreaths at the tomb.

This is a view I've never seen before, the Tomb from down the steps below.

After the noon Changing of the Guard, they brought out several Vets to assist in placing the Christmas Wreaths. 

Arlington National Cemetery: Wreaths Across America

Today I went to Arlington Cemetery to try to get some shots of the Christmas Wreaths being placed by the "Wreaths Across America" group.  As it turned out, they needed people to help.  I had no idea that I would get to actually get involved in placing the wreaths on the graves!  They had over 100,000 wreaths, which weren't enough to cover the whole cemetery. I ended up meeting up with some friends who were also there and we placed wreaths in various areas around the cemetery and spent some time reading the markers of the servicemen we were honoring.  It was a great, somber day. 

There were several semis around the grounds full of fresh wreaths.
Getting ready to start.
Getting wreaths from the staff.

This was the first grave I placed a wreath on.

Boxer and US Army Tech Sgt., Joe Louis.

Stuart Roosa, Apollo 14 Pilot.