ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
I've been told that according to Jewish custom, they leave stones on graves instead of flowers, because flowers will wilt
and die, and stones will remain. I like the idea, and I think that I would like to have stones placed on my grave after I die.
The following are more pictures of the graves. A couple of interesting points. For a long time, the only two religious
symbols one could put on the gravestones was a Cross and a Star of David. Now, I think there's 20 some odd?
Including a sign of Shinto-ism, Confucianism, and even Mormonism. I also think it's interesting that the Pentagon
overlooks the Cemetery. I just think it's interesting that those who plan war overlook those who fought...
The last two pictures are just a little bit silly (if a cemetery can be silly?) The one on the left is for my family. I found
Mom and Dad's grave, but you'll probably have to click on the picture and view a bigger version of it to see it. The
night before I went to the cemetery, I had set the white balance different to take pictures in my apartment. I forgot to
reset it before I started taking pictures... the result? Chilly blue landscape.
Went to the Arlington National Cemetery yesterday to take some pictures. It was kind of gloomy at first, but I guess that
fits the mood of a cemetery. With over 290,000 graves, the Cemetery is the largest and most well known national
cemetery in the country. About 24 more burials take place each weekday. It really is a sobering site.
The first batch of pictures was taken at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where an honor guard keeps watch 24 hours
a day, 365 days a year. I didn't get the changing of the guard, because that only takes place once an hour.