Our visit to Arlington Cemetery – Arlington, VA is one we will never forget. On this hot summer day Jeff and I decided to pack our backpack and venture out to the Arlington Cemetery – Arlington, VA. Living close to the capital, it’s hard to miss this place no matter where you are in the area.
A little history on Arlington Cemetery:
- approximately 6,900 burials each year
- wait period for burial is 4-6 months
- 624 acres of the cemetery
- property belonged to Mary Anna Randolph Custis, who was married to Robert E. Lee
- first military burial took place on May 13, 1864, for Private William Christman
- more than 400,000 active duty service members, are resting in Arlington Cemetery
Arlington Cemetery – Arlington, VA
Nothing can truly prepare you for the grieving families that visit this place and the soldiers that visit their friends that have passed. It is heart breaking and makes you look at the election in a complete different way. It did not take me to long to witness a soldier grieving for his friend that I started to weep for the pain this man had on his face.
One can not imagine anyone promoting war in any homeland after witnessing such grief in one day. I think everyone who has never had a soldier in the family should come here for a day. The pain and suffering these family go through after losing a loved one is heart breaking.
I prayed for all the families that have lost a loved one on this day and asked God to help us have Peace On Earth without prejudice but love for one another. But most of all I thank God for bringing my brother home after the war in Iraq and hope he can now have a peaceful life. All My Love – Lizzy