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  Arlington National Cemetery, John F. Kennedy Gravesite, Tomb of the Unknowns, Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial

John F. Kennedy Gravesite enscription Arlington National Cemetery tombstones
A low wall at the John F. Kennedy Gravesite has enscriptions of some of his speeches. The government provides the standard white marble headstones, but in the older sections of Arlington, families could provide their own grave markers.
Arlington sign for JFK Gravesite and Tomb of Unknowns Tomb of the Unknowns, Changing of the Guard
As we left the area of the JFK Gravesite, we came across this sign pointing towards the Tomb of the Unknowns. We were fortunate to arrive at the Tomb of the Unknowns just as there was a Changing of the Guard ceremony.
Tomb of the Unknowns, Wreath Changing Ceremony Tomb of the Unknowns guard saluting
We were even more fortunate to see a Changing of the Wreath. Here the Tomb Guard is removing the old wreath. When one Guard saluted while the other Guard played Taps on the bugle, there wasn't a dry eye amongst us.
Arlington Cemetery Tomb of the Unknowns Guard march Arlington Cemetery Space Shuttle Challenger memorial
After the ceremony, the Tomb Guard resumes the 24 hour/day march in front of the tomb. The Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial honors the crew members who died when Challenger exploded after launch in 1986.
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