Photo of the Week: September 23, 2013

Sep 22 2013
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Photo of the Week: September 23, 2013

 

Jason Greenleaf (left), Dan Frye (center) and Steve Sawyer of Arlington's Facilities Maintenance Division, level a fencing post as they prepare to pour cement at the base. The post is one of 135 new safety posts that the cemetery is installing along Sheridan Drive. The posts hold iron chains that provide a barrier from the high curve in the road, providing a safer passage for pedestrians and drivers.

Photo By Melissa Bohan, Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Photo of the Week: September 16, 2013

Sep 15 2013
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Photo of the Week: September 16, 2013

 

Rosemary Rednour adds gold leafing to some of the relief features of the "Price of Freedom" sculpture that adorns the east entrance of the cemetery's Welcome Center. The monument requires periodic maintenance, including adding gold leaf to areas that become subdued over time.

Greg Wyatt, the sculptor-in-residence for the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, completed the monument over an eight year period. It is a tribute to those who fought and helped the homefront during World War II. It stands 12-feet high and weighs 1,800 pounds. Last December, the sculpture was moved from inside the Welcome Center to its permanent exterior location.

The sculpture includes a guardian angel cradling a dying unknown Soldier, a globe featuring the World War II theater, and seven bronze figures at the top representing those who played a key role in the war: five men representing the armed forces, a nurse, and "Rosie the Riveter". Twenty plaques adorn the bottom of the sculpture, listing what many historians consider to be the 20 most decisive battles during the war.

Photo by Melissa Bohan, Arlington National Cemetery

Photo of the Week: September 09, 2013

Sep 08 2013
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Photo of the Week: September 09, 2013

The 9-11 Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery

A five-sided granite marker in section 64 at Arlington National Cemetery is the headstone at the group burial site of the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon. The names of all those that perished in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 are on the five panels of the marker. When standing at the gravesite, the Pentagon can be seen in the distance. 

Photo by Melissa Bohan, Arlington National Cemetery

Photo of the Week: September 02, 2013

Sep 01 2013
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Photo of the Week: September 02, 2013

After Arlington National Cemetery was established in 1864, the grounds were enclosed. Several gates provided pedestrian and vehicular access. The main entrance to the cemetery was located at the McClellan arch (pictured here) named in honor of Gen. George McClellan. One of the inscriptions on the McClellan Gate is from a poem by Theodore O’Hara, poet and U.S. Army officer in the Mexican-American War and Civil War: 

"On fame's eternal camping ground
their silent tents are spread,
And glory guards with solemn round,
the bivouac of the dead."

Inscribed on one of the columns is the name “Meigs” for Gen. Montgomery Meigs who established Arlington as a national cemetery. 

Photo by Melissa Bohan, Arlington National Cemetery

Photo of the Week: August 26, 2013

Aug 25 2013
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Photo of the Week: August 26, 2013

This week in history, the Second Battle of Bull Run (or Second Manassas) was fought August 28–30, 1862. Near the Arlington House stands a monument dedicated to the unknown soldiers who died in the Civil War. The monument, dedicated in September 1866, contains the remains of 2,111 soldiers gathered from the fields of Bull Run and the route to the Rappahannock.

 

Photo of the Week: August 19, 2013

Aug 18 2013
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Photo of the Week: August 19, 2013

This beautiful shot at Arlington National Cemetery was taken by Horticulturist Kelly Wilson. This area is along Custis Walk and section 27 near the Ord & Weitzel gate. Many people walk through this area everyday on their way to the Iwo Jima Memorial.

Photo by Kelly D. Wilson, Horticulturist, Arlington National Cemetery 

Photo of the Week: August 12, 2013

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Photo of the Week: August 12, 2013

August 12, 1898 - An armistice was signed between Spain and the United States to end the fighting in the Spanish-American War. The Treaty of Paris officially ended the war Dec. 10, 1898. There are several monuments and memorials at Arlington that honor those who served in the war. One is the Spanish-American War Nurses Monument.  The Spanish-American War was the first war involving the United States in which nurses were assigned as a special, quasi-military unit. The Society of Spanish-American War Nurses dedicated a monument to the memory of those brave women volunteers who nursed the wounded and sick during the war. Many of the nurses who served and lost their lives during the war are now buried near the monument in Section 21 of Arlington. Other monuments include the Spanish-American War Monument and the Rough Riders Monument. 

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Photo of the Week: August 05, 2013

Aug 04 2013
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Photo of the Week: August 05, 2013

On Aug. 5, 2002, the turret of the USS Monitor was raised from the Atlantic Ocean with the remains of two crew members inside. The Monitor made nautical history when the Union ship fought the Confederate CSS Virginia on March 9, 1862 in the first battle between two ironclads. The Monitor sank about nine months later in rough seas during a storm with 16 crew members onboard. The two unidentified remains found in the turret were buried at Arlington, March 8, 2013. All of the names of the lost crew members are inscribed on the headstone.

Photo by Jennifer Lynch, Arlington National Cemetery

Photo of the Week: July 29, 2013

Jul 29 2013
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Photo of the Week: July 29, 2013

Christian Theroux shared this photo of his son during a recent visit to the gravesite of his grandfather Col. Gerald Dailey, U.S. Army, World War II and Vietnam veteran interred at Arlington. 

Photo courtesy Christian Theroux

Photo of the Week: July 22, 2013

Jul 21 2013
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Photo of the Week: July 22, 2013

Sunrise over Arlington National Cemetery
Melissa Bohan, public affairs specialist, snapped this photo of the summer sun rising over section 54 in Arlington, July 17, 2013.

Photo by Melissa Bohan, Arlington National Cemetery