Back at Arlington National Cemetery, we get a front view of "The Tomb of the Unknowns". I was captivated by the tree lined wall leading up to the site.
Backing off a bit, we see a fountain as well. Off for the winter of course but none the less making a beautiful photo. I only wish I had the Saint move our car up a bit (duh) I do not know how to photo shop it out of the perfect picture.
The Wall of trees were stunning and I have no idea what type trees they could be. Does anyone have any information they can share on them?
Zooming in a bit we can see the monument a bit better and a rare photo as no spectators are in view. An early arrival assured this view.
Zooming in a bit closer and you see the Guard at work.
And zooming in yet a bit more, you can see the "Tomb of the Unknowns". I have a simple little camera but it has a powerful zoom, I tell ya. Click HERE to learn more about the Tomb of the Unknowns.
We continued on up the hill to the Tomb. Green Grass, the tree lined wall, water fountain and evergreens in view.
Upon the Guards turn, you can see the pretty flowers in the planter behind him.
We witness the Changing of the Guard and also a Wreath Laying Ceremony complete with the playing of Taps. I had to hold back the tears with this touching ceremony with so many sad emotions taking over my body.
I spotted this Holly filled with berry's which quickly turned my mood around.
This evergreen tree caught my eye as well. It reminded me of the Christmas trees of Germany.
Blooms were popping open reminding me of life.
We visited John F. Kennedy's plot.
Now we head up to Arlington House also known as Lee's House. That hill must be fun to mow.
Views of downtown Washington D.C. from above.
The side of Arlington House shows signs of gardens.
I have never been there during the summer so have no idea what the gardens are like. I must return during a warmer month.
The Kitchen Gardens are lacking this time of year as to be expected.
Signs tell us they grew Asparagus, Lettuce, Tomato, Peppers and Cucumber. Strawberry Patch and Herb Garden as well. Chickens and Guinea Hens were kept on the property also. I am assuming they have a nice veggie garden in the summer months.
Near the house one finds a small amphitheater.
Vines are growing up each support of the arbor.
This tells me that the vines are Wisteria. I can only imagine the blooms in the spring.
The setting for many Memorial Services. Click HERE to learn more.
Zooming in just below the stage, I spotted Rose's.
I found a pathway that led to some stairs so I took them to get a front view of Arlington House.
I was overcome by a stench and soon discovered these fruit all over the place.
I looked up to the tree above to discover a huge tree! Upon further investigation I spotted these leaves telling me that I have found a Ginkgo Tree! I have talked about the large Ginkgo tree that I grew up with in my childhood home. Click HERE to read that blog. With that posting so long ago, people mentioned the bad scent of the Ginkgo tree which I had never experienced. A male/female thing and now I can say I have experienced that nasty scent so many complained about! Imagine me discovering this in all places, Arlington National Cemetery!
Pink Rose and Muhly Grass.
I spotted this oddly shaped monument and decided to get a closer peek.
This one touched home as my hometown in Clarksville, TN is connected with Ft Campbell, KY.
After reading this, I see why the shape of the monument to the fallen.At that very moment, a Military Fly Over took place above my head. Every hair upon my arms stood straight up! I knew someone had just been laid to rest near by. This really got my attention and reminded me of all the sacrifices made for us here in the United States of America! I have never walked on such sacred grounds as ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, In the Garden...
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