Arlington National Cemetery.

Given Piglet’s impending service to our nation, one of the places she wanted to see was Arlington National CemeteryIMG_0404

We were pleased to find a memorial to women in military service of America.IMG_0405

Piglet found the Navy flag.

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And, Look Dot, Piglet found the flag of her birth state!IMG_0408

I was, admittedly, most keen to see the eternal flame for President John F. Kennedy.

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This is one of my favorite excerpts from Kennedy’s inauguration: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty”

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A few steps away from JFK, we found his brother Bobby.

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I reckon this guy did something heroic. That’s quite the ornate headstone he earned.

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We walked up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier just a matter of minutes before the changing of the guard.

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After the ceremony, we went round the corner and saw the most beautiful amphitheatre.

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Then we went looking for the memorial Piglet was most keen to find: the Nurses’ Memorial.

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Visiting Arlington was magical. The grounds are quiet (which is remarkable with the amount of tourists) and there is a sense of debt owed to the men and women interred here.

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