Rick Robinson's Second Time Around: Arlington National Cemetery
Northern Kentucky author & attorney Rick Robinson is back in Washington, DC where he spent years on the staff of then-Congressman Jim Bunning. As a busy staffer on the Hill, it's easy to miss the beauty of our nation's capital. And that's what happened to Rick. This time, he vows to take it all in - and share it with you in "Second Time Around".
When we lived in DC in the 80s, my wife and I visited Arlington National Cemetery on numerous occasions. Each time we visited, we pretty much stuck to the tourist map. When I returned last year, I vowed to walk every street in this solemn outdoor sanctuary. As the grounds are over 600 acres, I’ve not accomplished that goal quite yet. But I have seen quite a bit of the cemetery not normally visited by the every day guest.
Above photo: – I was struck by this sign at the entrance to the cemetery. As a general rule, most visitors I have observed show the proper reverence. One morning I was following a college basketball team having a morning walk before their game later in the afternoon. Near JFK’s grave, I noticed one of the young men break away from the group in order to pick up a piece of paper lying on the ground about 20 yards away.
Each December, volunteers place wreaths at each grave site.
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