I never visited Arlington Cemetery when I lived here previously, so I decided to go on a tour this time around. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting to listen to.
- The obligatory shot showing where parking is, even though I went by Metro.
2. Mclellan Gate.
3. Rows and rows as I know them from TV
4. Challenger Space Shuttle crew tribute. It is such a shame that progressive people had to die such an awful and early death.
5. Grave of armed forces personnel who died during the Iran hostage rescue attempt. I don’t know if I could do a job that put me in the line of fire – maybe I am just a coward.
6. Columbia Space Shuttle memorial.
7. Confederate soldier sculpture. There are a few blacks on the statue apparently to show that they were accepted as equals. The Confederate tombstones sharp while other tombstones are round.
8. James Parks was a freedman who worked at the Cemetery from its first day. He was a valuable resource of information when history of the Cemetery was being done and was buried there in appreciation of his work.
9. A black surgeon who attended to the black soldiers.
10. A nice view of some of DC’s famous monuments.
I learnt a lot during the tour and was reminded yet again, how differently the West and Zambians view graveyards. Generally, we (ie. Zambians) only go to the graveyard to bury our loved one and never visit them, certainly not to just walk about for history or anything else. You would be labeled as a witch/wizard if you go there for an aimless walk.