Courtesy of: greg hughes – dot – net: 30 May 2006
I was in Washington DC today (in fact I still am – our flight through Chicago is delayed by a few hours) for a business meeting at the OCC. After the meeting ended we had some time to spare , so my coworker Milind and I spent an hour or so checking out a few spots around the city.
Our last stop before heading for the airport was Arlington National Cemetery. Milind had not been there before, and it had been more than a year for me. The last time I went, they were just closing for the evening, and also at the time I did not get a chance on that trip to find out where my grandpop and grandmom are buried.
But today we had plenty of time, so I went to the location office and the nice people there pulled out the old rolls of microfilm (seriously – someone should digitize all that for the cemetery, for free, as a donation. It's sad that they have to use Microfilm for anything before 1999) and found my grandpop's burial location.
I'd hoped our flight in on Monday would arrive in time to let me go there on Memorial Day, but no such luck, so today – Memorial Day +1, so to speak – was a good day to go.
He served in the U.S. Army – including service during World War Two and Korea. My grandmom and their three kids – my mom and her two younger sisters – traveled to Germany when he was stationed there. I'm told they moved around a lot. Probably typical army family style.
At any rate, what I remember of Grandpop was bouncing on his knee when I was very small. That and him singing “Little David Play on your Harp” to my little brother (David, of course). Of my Grandmom I remember much more. She was a very nice lady and a good person.
Anyhow, it was good to go there and spend a few minutes. Their marker (it's a shared one, because they intern couples together at Arlington) is under a big tree, and it's just a beautiful place. I snapped a few pictures before I left. I'm sure I will go back again, hopefully soon.
Arlington National Cemetery is simply an amazing, thought provoking, emotional place.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
Reviewed by: Michael Howard