Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover

Arsenal of Democracy Flyover:

World War II era planes fly over Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, viewed from Arlington House in Arlington National Cemetery, May 8, 2015, in Arlington, Va. The WWII aircraft are also known as “warbirds,” according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum website.

Photograph by Stephen Smith

Members of The Old Guard talks to visitors in the Welcome Center of Arlington National Cemetery

Members of The Old Guard talks to visitors in the Welcome Center of Arlington National Cemetery

Capt. John Kottlowski, the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Charlie Company, talks to students from Lamar School, in Meridian, Miss., in the Welcome Center of Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., April 27, 2015. Members of The Old Guard talked to visitors, answered questions and posed for photographs.

Photograph by Rachel Larue

Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy lays a wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy lays a wreath at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

On April 20, 2015, Vice Adm. Mark Norman, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Dignitaries from all over the world pay respects to those buried at Arlington National Cemetery in more than 3000 ceremonies each year.

Photographs by Rachel Larue

Spring Time at Arlington

Spring Time at Arlington

Spring is in the air at Arlington National Cemetery. 20,000 spring blossoms are bursting with color across Arlington's 624 acres. The meticulously maintained grounds serve as a living memorial to more than 400,000 service members, veterans and their families. To commemorate its 150th anniversary, this historic landscape has been established as the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Arboretum. The Arboretum serves as a living memorial to those who have served our nation and connects visitors to the rich tapestry of the cemetery's living history and natural beauty.

Photograph by Mary Cochran Smith

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

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