Arlington National Cemetery Research Paper

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Arlington Research “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can be repaid, they have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices”. -President Harry Sturman. This is a quote directed towards the Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington National Cemetery is a field of thousands of tombs of all the soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. The field at Arlington Cemetery looks like rows of white endless tombs. George Washington married, Martha Dandridge Custis. After the two married, Washington adopted two children, John and Martha Parke Custis. John Parke Custis grew up and rose a family, money inherited from his biological father in 1778 bought 1000 acres in Virginia. …show more content…
The tomb has three separate parts to it. These parts are, World War 1 unknown, World War 2 unknown, and Korean War unknown. During the World War there were many brave men who gave there lives so that we can do whatever we want when we want. The American soldiers were brought home from Europe. Though many made the trip back home unfortunately many did not. Some of their remains could not be identified. Determined by the allies that all unknown soldiers should be honored as a symbol of all brave soldiers who died during World War 1. On October 26, 1921, four coffins with unknown soldiers from WW1 were dug up from each American Cemetery in France. They were taken to a French city and placed side by side. Corporal Edward Younger was chosen to pick the one coffin to be sent back to Arlington Cemetery. As he walked pass all four of the coffins he placed 12 roses on them. He said,”It is as though something had pulled me, a voice seemed to say,’This is one of your pals.” On November 11, 1921 the unknown soldier from WW1 was taken back to the Arlington Cemetery for burial. Above the Tomb of the Unknown soldiers there is a huge white marble slab that was added in 1932. There on the white slab is an inscription that says,”HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD.” There was a similar selection for the unknown soldiers from the Korean War, World War 2, and the Vietnam War. To the left of the unknown soldier from WW1 lies the unknown soldier from the Korean War. To the right lies the soldier from WW2. Centered between the crypts of Korean, WW2 is unknown from Vietnam. These four soldiers in Arlington are looked after 24 hours of the day by an American soldier. Believed remains found at a crash sight could now be identified(Diamond A-3). However, remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of