Tag: US Holidays

Memorial Day & Arlington Nat’l Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia


Thousands of visitors come to America’s most hallowed cemetery on Memorial Day for one of two major annual observances; the first on the calendar is Memorial Day.   The other is Veterans Day, November 11.

Over 300,000 veterans have been laid to rest here since the property was seized from General Robert E. Lee during the Civil War, ranging from President John F. Kennedy to the unidentified soldiers in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Most people do not know the difference between the two holidays but it is easier than you realize:  Memorial Day honors the American fallen while Veterans Day celebrates the living who served.
Here’s a nice photo essay from the Washington Post (WaPo)  on Memorial Day at Arlington today.Click here.