On hallowed ground: the story of arlington national cemetery

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Created at the end of the Civil War, Arlington National Cemetery has become a part of the landscape as fixed in the national imagination as the White House or the Capitol building. The mansion at Arli...
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Created at the end of the Civil War, Arlington National Cemetery has become a part of the landscape as fixed in the national imagination as the White House or the Capitol building. The mansion at Arlingtons heart, and the rolling hills on which it sits, had been the family plantation of Robert E. Lee before he joined the Confederacy; strategic to the defense of Washington, Arlington became a Union encampment, a haven for freedmen, and a paupers cemetery for soldiers dying in the nations bloodiest conflict. With the passage of time, new layers of meaning were added to Arlington, which would become our nations most honored shrine. More than three hundred thousand rest in Arlingtons 624 acres, representing every war the nation ever fought. Each tombstone tells a story, from the Tomb of the Unknowns, so carefully tended today, to the eternal flame at John F. Kennedys grave to the final resting places of ordinary citizen-warriors sleeping among Arlingtons rolling green hills. Their stories, and the cemeterys time-honored rituals-the horse-drawn caissons, the rifle salutes, the sounding of Taps-still speak to us all.
Uitgever Central Bookhouse
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ISBN/EAN 9780802715494
Auteur Poole, r.m.
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