A hike around Arlington National Cemetery (http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/) will remind us just how many wars this country has fought since that first Fourth of July. We'll visit the memorials to the nation's honored dead - from the Rough Riders of Spanish-American War fame to those killed in the Space Shuttle disasters. There's even a memorial to those considered traitors to the country in their lifetime: Confederate soldiers. We'll visit the tombs of military leaders like Generals Bradley, Pershing, and Marshall as well as that of an enlisted man: Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II. We'll observe the changing of the guard at the tomb honoring those who died unnamed and circle the eternal flame marking the grave of the cemetery's most famous restee, John F. Kennedy. Leaving the cemetery, we'll walk over to the Marines' Iwo Jima Memorial and picnic on the grass. Return to your car or the Metro through the cemetery or get on the Metro in Rosslyn.
Distance: 5 miles (Be advised: the cemetery is on a hillside)
Dogs: Allowed, leashed
Leader: Ken Meyercord (571)[masked]
Directions: Take the Metro (Blue line towards Franconia/Springfield) to the Arlington Cemetery stop. Or, if you are driving, take the George Washington Parkway to the Arlington National Cemetery exit. After exiting, stay left and turn left onto Memorial Drive at the stop sign.