Posts Tagged: ANC History

How to Become a Tomb Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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This weekend, following our Arlington National Cemetery Tour, I had the great honor to chat with Sergeant First Class Tanner Welch of the 3rd Infantry Regiment, Sentinel of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He let us know some great facts about what it takes to be a tomb guard and even took us on […]

Self Guided Tour: Black History of Arlington National Cemetery

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The simple white marble headstones lined up in rows across Arlington National Cemetery are arranged without regard to rank, gender, branch of military or race. The cemetery however began in a time of slavery, through segregation and discrimination. Many of the men and women buried in Arlington National Cemetery broke through barriers and boundaries to […]

Self-Guided Tour: Notable Women Buried in Arlington National Cemetery

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Women in the military can seem like a modern advancement, but as these women show – we’ve had women nurses, doctors, and officers sacrifice in every war. There are many more women buried in Arlington National Cemetery, from wives of great Generals, to combat pilots who were killed in action. This self guided tour takes […]

The Caisson Platoon at Arlington National Cemetery

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Caisson Platoon at Arlington National Cemetery

This post is about the Caisson Platoon at Arlington National Cemetery and how to visit the Fort Myer stables. It is a scene that defines Arlington National Cemetery and reminds the visitor that this cemetery is no outdoor museum, rather it is an active cemetery. Passing through is the Caisson Platoon of the Third Infantry […]

Off the Beaten Track at Arlington National Cemetery

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There is so much to see at Arlington National Cemetery and though our 2.5 hour Arlington National Cemetery tours cover the highlights, there are many off the beaten track sites to see. Some of these sites are covered on our self guided walking tours: Arlington National Cemetery Self Guided Tour Notable Women Buried in Arlington […]

Montgomery Meigs: Visionary and Patron of Arlington National Cemetery

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The founding of Arlington National Cemetery followed a tumultuous four years as the country was embroiled in civil war. While many people and events helped to establish Arlington, none were more influential in the effort than Brigadier General Montgomery Meigs. During the Civil War, Meigs served as the Quartermaster General for the Union Army. He […]

Arlington National Cemetery FAQs

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There are many questions that guests on our Arlington National Cemetery walking tour. Below are some of the most commonly asked. Arlington National Cemetery FAQs: What is Arlington National Cemetery? Arlington National Cemetery was not the first national cemetery in the United States created for our fallen soldiers, nor is it the largest. It is, […]

Confederates Buried at Arlington National Cemetery

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Technically, the few hundred Confederate soldiers from the Civil War should not be buried in Arlington National Cemetery, per army burial regulations. It is a United States military cemetery and these soldiers, for the most part, did not serve in the United States military. Though not a stop on our guided walking tours of Arlington […]

Guide to Symbols and Emblems of Arlington National Cemetery Headstones

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The Department of Army that runs Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), in keeping with Department of Veteran Affairs protocols, only allows certain graphics on government issues headstones. As you walk through the cemetery on one of our self guided tours or with our guided walking tour, you can use the guide below to understanding the basics […]