Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery is a 624 acre military cemetery established during the American Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House which was the former estate of Mary Anna Lee (wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee and the great grand daughter of George Washington).  The cemetery is located on the west side of the Potomac River across from the Lincoln Memorial. There is much to photograph at the cemetery (i.e., famous grave sites, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, changing of the guard) and I’ll post some of these over the next few days.

Below are the grave sites of John F. Kennedy, the 35th US President, assassinated November 22, 1963 and his brother, Robert “Bobby” F. Kennedy, assassinated June 6, 1968.

And perhaps JFK’s most famous quote, from his inaugural  address on January 20, 1961. (this image was taken looking into the sun, which doesn’t make for a fine image, however the the message portrayed is a powerful one evoking an emotional response as most people have seen enough clips of the inaugural address that you can see and hear Kennedy reciting the quote as you read it).

Bobby Kennedy’s grave is a simple white marble headstone and cross located alone about fifty feet south of his brother’s grave site.