Arlington National Cemetery

The John F. Kennedy Eternal Flame memorial under construction in Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

President Kennedy’s Gravesite Under Construction in 1965

This is a fascinating old photo from October 6th, 1965 at Arlington National Cemetery. The construction site shows what would eventually become JFK’s gravesite, the Eternal Flame. Source: Library of Congress

Photo of Guards at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in 1995

Here’s a cool photo sent in by one of our GoDC readers, Carol. Thanks for sharing this! I know of one former Tomb Guard who might be able to fill us in on why they were...

Bugler Plays Taps at Kennedy’s Funeral

Exactly 50 years ago today, JFK was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Below is footage of the gun salute and the bugler playing taps.
"Arlington National Cemetery, 1922." With the USS Maine Memorial rising at left. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Solemn Visit to Arlington Cemetery in 1922

This is a powerful photo that speaks for itself.
burial at Arlington National Cemetery

Frederick Douglass Honors “The Unknown Loyal Dead” at Arlington National Cemetery

This is a guest post by John (from The Lion of Anacostia), cross-posted here. Arlington National Cemetery, the pre-Civil War home of Robert E. Lee, is a short Metro ride from Washington, DC. This week was my second visit in...
Tribute to Abner Doubleday at Arlington Cemetery. Left to right: Clark Griffith, President of the Washington Club, Joe McCarthy, Manager of the N.Y. Yankees and Manager Bucky Harris, Manager of the Washington Senators - April 17th, 1939 (Library of Congress)

Tribute to Abner Doubleday at Arlington Cemetery

Yes, it is true that Abner Doubleday’s true role in the birth of baseball is highly disputed, but that didn’t matter during the 1939 baseball season. The New York Yankees were in town to play our...
Sailor of woman at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder in 1943 (Library of Congress)

Anonymous World War II Couple Visits Unknown Soldier

This is an amazing old color photo that I came across on the Library of Congress’ website. It was taken by John Collier in May 1943. The unnamed sailor at left appears to be somewhere between...

Mayflower Hotel Maid Finds Woman Near Death; Husband Shoots Self Through Heart

This title is worthy of a big #WTF. Posts like this are sadly some of the more popular ones. I don’t know if GoDCers are attracted to the macabre, but it sure seems that way. So here’s...
Unknown Soldier from World War I being taken from the USS Olympia at the Washington Navy Yard and transported to the US Capitol to lay in state (DC Public Commons)

The Unknown Soldier’s Arrival in Color (1921)

Here’s a haunting and solemn colorized photo from 1921, much like the Lincoln photo I posted a while back. The Unknown Soldier from World War I had just arrived by ship at the Washington Navy Yard....
Popular Lieutenant Sprinkle of the 5th precinct (1914)

Officer Sprinkle: Captured Geronimo, Accused Bootlegger, and Bodyguard to President Wilson

A couple of reader comments about an Officer Sprinkle in this earlier post piqued my interest in finding out a little more about the guy who has the kind of name you’d give to a cat....
Ready for the start to Arlington - Unknown Soldier

Video: Wilson, Harding and a Nation Pay Respect to the Unknown Soldier (1921)

Here’s a video I came across on YouTube of the old president and recently inaugurated one attending the burial ceremony of the Unknown Soldier. President Wilson was instrumental in honoring those “unknown but to God” by...
Red Rocks Firebrick Pizzeria

If Walls Could Talk: Red Rocks Pizzeria in Columbia Heights

I am obsessed with Red Rocks at 11th and Park NW. I have been since day one. In the hopes that I can convince my wife to go there tonight (or at least this weekend), I...

A Country Mourns With the Kennedy Family

The country was in mourning, having just lost our President a few weeks earlier in Dallas. This is a pretty somber, powerful and moving video of the Kennedy family leaving the White House and moving into...
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