The Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. This cemetery is adjacent to Washington D.C. and across the Potomac River.
Established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, which previously had been the estate of the wife of Robert E. Lee, Mary Anna Custis Lee. Arlington National Cemetery is controlled by the United States Department of Defense and is the resting place to the dead who served their country during the conflicts.
Since April 2014, Arlington National Cemetery has been on the United States’ National Register of Historic Places which is a list of the most historic places and monuments deemed worthy of preservation in regards to our nation’s history. It is also the resting place for John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft among other important characters in U.S history.
Purchased initially for the high elevation and generally pleasing aesthetic, Arlington National Cemetery is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This memorial is dedicated to all the U.S. servicemen and women whose remains have not been identified. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded perpetually guarded with a meticulous routine to symbolize the highest military honor that can bestowed.
Guardian recommends Arlington National Cemetery to all individuals visiting Washington D.C.
We suggest timing your visiting to see the Changing of the Guard Ritual performed every half hour in the summer and every hour in the winter.