JENIFER LEIGH VAN VLECK

Charles Young: From Enslavement to a Memorial Amphitheater Funeral

By JENIFER LEIGH VAN VLECK on 6/1/2020

When the Arlington Memorial Amphitheater was finished in 1920, it began to host funerals for famous service members as well as national observances such as Memorial Day. One of the first funerals held in the Amphitheater was for Colonel Charles Young (1864-1922), the first African American colonel in the U.S. Army.

Arlington National Cemetery and the Origins of Memorial Day

By JENIFER LEIGH VAN VLECK on 5/21/2020

At the end of April 1868, uniform rows of white-washed wooden headboards, each representing a gravesite of a fallen Civil War service member, filled the hills of Arlington National Cemetery. The property’s prominent ridgeline, marked by the Arlington House, offered stunning views of Washington, D.C. Little else distinguished this national cemetery as remarkable. While it contained the graves of some 16,000 individuals and spanned 200 acres, Arlington was only one of approximately 74 national cemeteries established beginning in 1862, during the Civil War.

Fighting on Two Fronts: The 442nd Regimental Combat Team

By JENIFER LEIGH VAN VLECK on 5/19/2020

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, today we highlight the U.S. Army’s 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT), which fought in World War II. More than twenty members of the 442nd are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial Day 2020: Commemoration through Education

By JENIFER LEIGH VAN VLECK on 5/18/2020

As the epicenter of the nation’s official Memorial Day observance, May has traditionally been one of the busiest months for Arlington National Cemetery. In ceremonies large and small at our numerous memorials, and in personal moments of reflection at the graves of loved ones, Memorial Day at Arlington has remained a deeply meaningful experience for the past 152 years.

Memorial Amphitheater’s 100 Years of History: A Firsthand Look

By JENIFER LEIGH VAN VLECK on 5/12/2020

Living Legacies: When an ANC historian helped open Memorial Amphitheater’s 100-year-old time capsule, he discovered his own family’s history.

Experience Arlington National Cemetery from Home

By JENIFER LEIGH VAN VLECK on 4/27/2020

While Arlington National Cemetery is closed to visitors, you can still experience its beauty and history from home!