By Amelia B.
Redskin PRIDE of KMS reporter
Washington, D.C. –General Earle G. Wheeler referred to Arlington as “ Our nation’s greatest shrine.”
Arlington National Cemetery is special because it memorializes ALL who have served their country, not just in a special group. Arlington was established in 1864, and is the only national cemetery that holds servicemen from every war in U.S. history. To be buried at Arlington, you have to be in any active duty member in the Armed Forces.
This cemetery is home to not only our own U.S. servicemen and servicewomen, but home to three World War ll enemy combatants, as well as slaves, and slaves freed. I earlier history, Arlington was a 1,100 acre plantation, and all work there was done by slaves. Some slaves worked for the Union Army, including digging graves for all the fallen soldiers. Grave markers with “U.S.C.T” ( U.S. Colored Troops) designated to all those who fought and died while serving in the Union Army.
Being buried at Arlington is the highest honor for those who served served their country. Every burial ends with the fag being removed from the coffin, folded into a tricorn, and being presented to the family.
Soldiers plant flags in front of every tombstone the day before Memorial Day. The flags are placed at the same length, and one boot length from the headstone.