Want to visit some of America’s most important memorials? Arlington, Virginia is a great place to do so. Whether you want to explore the Pentagon Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, or the Marine Corps War Memorial, there is plenty of memorials to explore and get educated about. Check out the following to explore what many Americans consider a must to be patriotic.
The Pentagon Memorial is dedicated to those who lost their lives on 9/11 in the Pentagon. On September 12, 2002, a funeral service was given at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. The funeral was for the 184 victims of September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. While it was a group burial, five families did not receive any remains of their loved ones. After the service at the amphitheater, a group burial was given in Section 64. On top of the gravesite, a five-sided granite group market was placed on top. The names of the people who lost their lives were arranged alphabetically on the gravesite marker. The names included all individuals who were killed either at the Pentagon or on American Airlines Flight 77. You can visit the memorial in person today with self-guided tours.
Air Force Memorial
The Air Force Association in 2006 along with Air Force Sergeants Association and friends and allies who stood by the Air Force dedicated the Air Force Memorial to those who served past, present and future. Since then, millions of individuals have visited the spires and explore the memorial as it stands.
While family and friends of the deceased may see the memorial as a monument to those they love, the memorial stands dedicated to all men and women who have fought and dedicated their lives in the defense of the United States through the Air Force service.
Marine Corps War Memorial
The Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia is erected for similar purposes. It is designed and based on the image of the second flag-raising on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II, the US Marine Corps War Memorial is dedicated to the marine dead from all wars along with their comrades who fell beside them. You’ll find the memorial along the axis of the National Mall.
The US Marine Corps holds Sunset Parades at the memorial on Tuesday evenings. Check the park times before you go as dates and times change throughout the year. You can also request a ranger program to guide you or inform a group about the Memorial.
Civil War Unknown Monument
The Civil War Unknown Monument is located near Arlington House and was previously apart of the famous rose gardens. The monument is dedicated to the unknown soldiers who passed away during the Civil War. Dedicated in 1866, the masonry vault monument holds the remains of some 2,111 soldiers who fought on the fields of Bull Run. However, it is unknown if some of the remains include Confederate soldiers and Union troops. The gravesite was formed by Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs because he knew it would prevent the Lee family from living in their home ever again because of the close proximity.
Explore these memorials for yourself by visiting the Arlington National Cemetery website and plan your trip.