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Photo of the Week: November 18, 2013

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Photo of the Week: November 18, 2013

Three nuns visit the temporary gravesite of President John F. Kennedy Jan. 17, 1964. The picket fence was added to the site on Nov. 26, 1963. The two children who died in infancy were reinterred at Arlington Dec. 5, 1963. The permanent site that exists today opened on March 15, 1967.

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Photo of the Week: November 12, 2013

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Photo of the Week: November 12, 2013

Freedom Bell at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day 2013

The Spirit of Liberty Foundation’s Freedom Bell was at Arlington National Cemetery to honor America’s Armed Forces on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2013. Visitors were invited to ring the Freedom Bell to honor a loved one in the military or pay tribute to the Armed Forces. The Freedom Bell was cast in bronze with steel from the twin towers as a symbol of support for America’s Armed Forces. Official emblems of each branch of the military circle the bell and it features the inscription, “HONORING OUR ARMED FORCES PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE.”

Photo by Jennifer Lynch, Arlington National Cemetery

Photo of the Week: November 04, 2013

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Photo of the Week: November 04, 2013

National Native American Heritage Month, 2013

The Navajo Code Talkers Association, Inc. assembled for this photograph after a medal presentation at the Memorial Amphitheater July 6, 1983. The Navajo Code Talkers were recruited during World War II to transmit secret communications on the battlefields. Other Native American code talkers were deployed during times of war. American forces in both World Wars used Native Americans and their unique languages to insure secure communications.

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Photo of the Week: October 28, 2013

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Photo of the Week: October 28, 2013

A beautiful Amelanchier near Columbarium Court 8 at Arlington National Cemetery. The yellow, orange and red leaves against the blue October sky signals that autumn has arrived just in time for the Nov. 1, 2013 walking tour by Arlington’s horticulture program. Amelanchier is a genus of about 20 species of deciduous-leaved shrubs and small trees in the Rose family (Rosaceae).

Photo by Kelly D. Wilson, Arlington National Cemetery

Photo of the Week: October 21, 2013

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Photo of the Week: October 21, 2013

Thirty years ago this week on Oct. 23, 1983, U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon were bombed killing 241 American service members - 220 Marines, 18 Sailors and three Soldiers. Two truck bombs, detonated by suicide bombers, struck separate buildings housing United States and French military members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon killing a total of 299 American and French servicemen. The memorial is located in section 59 of Arlington National Cemetery where some of the service members who died in the attack are buried. 
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Photo of the Week: October 14, 2013

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Photo of the Week: October 14, 2013

In this photo, President Woodrow Wilson places the cornerstone of the Memorial Amphitheater Oct. 13, 1915. The Memorial Amphitheater was the dream of Judge Ivory G. Kimball, who wanted to have a place to assemble and honor America’s service members but he did not live to see his dream fulfilled. Kimball died May 15, 1916, and was buried in Section 3 of the cemetery, near the Amphitheater. The Memorial Amphitheater was dedicated May 15, 1920. Click here to read more about the Memorial Amphitheater. US Army Photo

Photo of the Week: October 07, 2013

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Photo of the Week: October 07, 2013

Steve Van Hoven, chief of Arlington National Cemetery's horticulture division and master arborist, installs the new tree label on the cemetery's Yellowwood State Champion Tree in section 23. Van Hoven and Kelly Wilson, Arlington's horticulturist, installed the labels on all three of Arlington's state champions, a major step in officially establishing Arlington as a "Memorial Arboretum." Over the next several weeks, the cemetery will be installing a total of 297 labels on notable trees throughout the cemetery, including its 36 historic trees to commemorate Medal of Honor recipients, and other specimens along highly-visited routes. The labels include the tree's latin and common names, family name, and the native range of the tree.

Photo by Melissa Bohan, Arlington National Cemetery

Photo of the Week: September 30, 2013

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Photo of the Week: September 30, 2013

The Old Guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns

Arlington National Cemetery Horticulturist Kelly Wilson captured this photo Sept. 30, 2013 of the sun rising over the Tomb of the Unknowns with the tomb guard pausing for 21 seconds before turning and repeating his 21- step march. Beginning Oct. 1, the tomb guard sentinels return to their winter schedule, which coincides with the winter hours for the cemetery. From Oct. 1 to March 31, visitors can see the guard change at the top of the hour from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

Photo by Kelly D. Wilson, Arlington National Cemetery

Photo of the Week: September 23, 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

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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