Arlington Cemetery / Iwo Jima Memorial

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.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I thought it was at 10 like all the others and didn't realize my mistake until I got off the metro at 9:40. I wandered around the cemetary for a couple of hours hoping to run into the group, then headed over to the Iwo Jima where I read until 1:30, but never saw anyone. Next time I'll check the time more carefully!

    July 4, 2013

  • Shelley

    Great hike for Fourth of July. My first outing with this very friendly group. Leader Ken did a great job sharing his historical research. I

    July 4, 2013

  • Peggy

    How did you guys get in? The police officer told me it was closed.

    July 4, 2013

    • Ken

      She means driving, i.e., the exit off the GW Parkway was closed. Others had that problem, too, Peggy. You had to get on Route 110 to exit to Memorial Drive (the Cemetery). Know we know!

      July 4, 2013

    • Peggy

      I asked an officer at one of the roadblocks how to get into the cemetery and he told me it was closed.

      July 4, 2013

  • Jana S.

    This was my first time ever with the Meetup. Had a wonderful time because of Ken's guiding and the pleasant people in the group. Thanks, Jana

    July 4, 2013

  • Jan S.

    I have to cancel. Sorry.

    July 4, 2013

  • Jan S.

    I'm sorry but I have to cancel.

    July 4, 2013

  • patricia

    sorry for such a late cancellation.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just found out that Metro buses are running on a Sat schedule and bikes are not allowed on the metro tomorrow, which means I won't be able to get there by 9:30, so I'm changing my RSVP to No. :/ Hope everyone enjoys!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Rita

    Think I'll sleep late!

    July 3, 2013

  • Michele

    I grew ip in the area and just returned from living in the new nersey new york area. Looking forward to it. Hope to find the group this time. Last time i walked with a smaller group when we could not locate the larger group.

    July 3, 2013

  • Ed

    If any of you would like as preparation a chapter on the origins and history of Arlington Cemetery, from my book America A to Z, email me at savvyveteran at gmail dot com and I'll be glad to email it to you.

    June 28, 2013

    • Ken

      I have uploaded Ed's commentary on Arlington National Cemetery. It can be found under the Pages tab.

      1 · July 2, 2013

  • Peggy

    I am new to the area and have never been to the national cemetery. A perfect thing to do on the 4th.

    July 1, 2013

  • Lourdes

    I will be in Florida

    June 29, 2013

  • Patricia D.

    Happy 4th! I'll be in the Berkshires and walking in spirit with you.

    June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dad's birthday

    June 20, 2013

  • Carole Anne C.

    What a great idea for the morning of 4th of July!

    June 18, 2013

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