The Arlington National Cemetery was high on my husband and my list to see again. It is such a remarkable place that leaves me sad, inspired and speechless each time I visit. We weren’t sure how the kids would respond to this very mature topic. They each were affected in different ways to the immense impact war has had on our country to the expansive property recognizing and paying some small tribute to those we’ve lost in battle. The cemetery at the very least is a beautiful place where one can feel a myriad of emotions from sadness to anger to pride.
I am glad we were able to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. I remember the impact it had on my as an adolescent when I first experienced the ceremony. We were also fortunate to watch as a few middle school student placed a new wreath at the tomb. My husband told our kids how he was once one of those honored kids. When he was 14, he nervously, but with so much reverence, presented a fresh wreath to decorate the tomb. I can’t help but cry at moments like these. From the very first note of the song Taps I’m overwhelmed.
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