Medal of Honor Day Bus Tour

Medal of Honor Day Bus Tour

In recognition of National Medal of Honor Day, Arlington National Cemetery hosted a special guided tour of Arlington National Cemetery focusing on Medal of Honor recipients buried at Arlington, as well as the history of the Medal of Honor. In this image, ANC Historian Tim Frank and ANC Operation Officer, Warren McFarlin, narrate the tour.

The Medal of Honor was first authorized in 1861 for Sailors and Marines, and the following year for Soldiers as well. Since then, only 3,493 Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of all services. The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private Jacob Parrott.

Photograph by Stephen Smith

Senator Brooke Funeral

Senator Brooke Funeral

Former Senator Edward William Brooke III was laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on March 10th, 2015. He was the first African American in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, serving as Massachusetts Senator from 1967 – 1979. Brooke served in the U.S. Military during World War II as a member of the segregated 366th Infantry Regiment, earning the Bronze Star. In 2009 Brooke was awarded the Congressional Gold Metal, the highest award Congress has to honor civilians.

Photograph by Stephen Smith

Korean Wreath Laying at Edward Mallory Almond's Grave Site

Korean Wreath Laying at Edward Mallory Almond's Grave Site

In a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery a South Korean delegation, including the Speaker of the National Assembly, lays a wreath at the gravesite of Lieutenant General Edward Mallory Almond. Edward "Ned" Almond was the commander of the U.S. Army's X Corps during the Korean War. General Almond's grandson participated in the ceremony.

Photograph by Stephen Smith

McClellan Gate - Caisson Platoon

McClellan Gate - Caisson Platoon

Passing through the McClellan Gate on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery is the Caisson Platoon of the Third Infantry Regiment.  They are conducting one of the most solemn activities in the United States – carrying the remains of a U.S. serviceman to his or her final resting place.

 

Photograph by Stephen Smith

Marine Corps Bugler Playing Taps

Marine Corps Bugler Playing Taps

In this photo a Marine Corps Bugler plays the bugle call "TAPS" at a Marine funeral ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. "TAPS" was written by Civil War General Daniel Butterfield in 1862. It is customarily played as a farewell to fallen comrades at Arlington National Cemetery funerals as well as at ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Photography by Stephen Smith

Memorial Amphitheater with Wreaths

Memorial Amphitheater with Wreaths

The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, was dedicated on May 15, 1920. While many ceremonies are conducted throughout the country, many consider the services at Arlington's Memorial Amphitheater to be the nation's official ceremonies to honor all American service members who serve to keep the United States free. In this photo the Amphitheater is shown with headstones adorned with Honor Wreaths.

Photography by Stephen Smith

Wreaths Across America 2014

Wreaths Across America 2014

Wreaths Across America is an annual event. More than 40,000 volunteers placed 230,000 wreaths at gravesites throughout Arlington National Cemetery honoring the brave men and women laid to rest at our Nation's most hallowed grounds. This is WAA’s 23rd year laying wreaths at our nation’s cemetery, and it marks the largest number of wreaths ever sponsored and delivered.

Photograph by Stephen Smith