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Old 09-01-2008, 08:50 PM   #1
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Arlington...

I'm sure there are many of you who have stood in Arlington National Cemetery. I'm not sure if I'll ever get the chance to see it, but I'd like to.

This may be an odd request, but I'm interested in how it felt to stand among all those heroes. If it's not too personal, I'd like to know. If it's too personal, I understand.

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I was a freshman in HS the last time I was there. I don't remember it completely, but I still recall a peaceful awe about it. The closest I can liken it to is the feeling I get everytime I visit the OKC bombing memorial. I kind of forget about whats going on with me, or around me, and soak it up.

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I've never been there but have been to the National Cemetary of the Pacific in Hawaii where my great-uncle is memorialized. His bomber went down in the Pacific on the way to Tokyo in '45. This cemetary is inside a dormant volcano crater, very humbling.
I know it would be a huge honor to be buried at Arlington, but I think I will be at our family plot near Graford, TX.....many years from now.
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I live in the DC/Baltimore area. I have been to all the memorials at DC and everything, and have always wanted to go to Arlington. To be honest, I am afraid to go. I am afraid of being around so many great people, alive and passed. I am afraid I am just going to break down and let loose in the middle of a place like that.

With that said, its so close that I feel guilty for not going too. My uncle just came into town from AZ for a few days. He was drafted in Nam and get Arlington guard as his duty. Lucky guy. Anyway, he told me I need to go, or he was going to shoot me. So, I can go and take pictures for you Tiny, if you wish.
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It's kind of like being at the vietnam veterans memorial. Very quiet, and the respect and honor hang in the air in a way that is almost visible. And it is not a sign of weakness or shame to break down and shed a few tears.
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There's definately a feeling of awe. I went a few years ago with a school group(JROTC) and we were there during the winter and the ground was covered with snow. That was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. The white headstones on the pure white snow. I'll never forget that sight.
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I went a few years ago, and it's true, there is just some kind of silent feeling of awe that comes over you. If that place doesn't give you chicken skin, you've got no soul..
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I went in the fall of 85. A friend was injured during the Grenada invasion in Oct 84. He had died never regaining consciousness in June 85. I felt the need to visit one last time. Once there just looking at the enormity of the place did me in. I could not make myself find his grave and every June I think about going back for a final goodby.
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I went a few years ago, and it's true, there is just some kind of silent feeling of awe that comes over you. If that place doesn't give you chicken skin, you've got no soul..
Well said...While waiting on my ship to return, I was assigned to the Honor Guard, we went to several funerals...Very tough - especially during taps and the presentation of the Flag...
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The most reverant thing I have ever felt was walking the wall with my father and standing there while he copied the names of his friends killed in Vietnam, he cried, I cried we just stood there and stared. Granted I never new any of those men, but I still hold a respect for them. Arlington was just as powerful. Just silence, the whole world goes quiet when you go thru the gate.

I had the honor of standing on the beach of point-du-hoc on the anniversary of the invasion. It is sureal to stand there and just to walk amongst hero's, You can still feel their soul on the beach. I tried but just could not take pictures of the site. I felt it would almost be sacreligious to do so.

Personally I feel that every child be required to visit Arlington prior to graduation. That way they have a true connection to American history. Our freedom was paid for in their blood, they earned it; we should respect it. I just feel that the generation of today does not understand the sacrafice of our fore fathers.
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Thank you guys. Several of you know I'm writing a novel about a soldier and his journey into death. Arlington is one of the places he will walk through and I'm planning on him speaking with the Unknown Soldier. It should be a powerful scene, but since I have never been to Arlington, I wanted a feel from those who have. I may need to visit one of the national cemeteries here in California not only to pay my respects but to hear the silence for myself.
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It was the most moving experience of my life.

I have been there five separate times. The last was with my Daughter 5 years ago. I'm so thankful to have been there with her.

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Tiny, if you want the proper perspective, take what has been said here, then go visit it yourself. At that point, maybe you can put into words the feelings and senses that everybody is talking about.
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Tiny, if you want the proper perspective, take what has been said here, then go visit it yourself. At that point, maybe you can put into words the feelings and senses that everybody is talking about.
I'll set up a ride-along for you for the Jeep Jamboree at the Catskills JJUSA.

Then you can take the train to DC and go to Arlington.
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Tiny, if you want the proper perspective, take what has been said here, then go visit it yourself. At that point, maybe you can put into words the feelings and senses that everybody is talking about.

I would love to go, but such things are not always possible. Someday, but it's not in the cards now. Cain's been there, and I think I can put into words what I saw on his face when he told me about it.

Thank you, Greg. You are far too sweet.
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..... I may need to visit one of the national cemeteries here in California not only to pay my respects but to hear the silence for myself.
Riverside National Cemetery

I pass it every day on my way to work. Just off the 215 @ Van Buren
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No one can say they love a funeral...

But I've been to Military and Law Enforcement Funerals.

If that 21 gun salute does not put a lump in your throat you don't have a heart!

If you go to Law Enforcement funeral for a "Life lost in the line of Duty" and the Call out does not bring you to tears you aren't human!
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It was the most moving experience of my life.

I have been there five separate times. The last was with my Daughter 5 years ago. I'm so thankful to have been there with her.

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I have not been to Arlington but here in Marietta Georgia there is a cemetary similar to Arlington. It is filled with war vets from the civil war to present day and it is very moving every memorial day when I go with the boyscouts to place a flag on every grave.

I have been to both (Military and Law Enforcement) , also my Grandfather had a 21 gun salute at his funeral and it is a feeling I will never forget.

Also someone mentioned the Oklahoma City memorial, I went there the summer of 05 and I have never had a feeling like the one I had that day standing in the middle of the memorial. There was a silence like no other, there had to be about 100-150 people walking around , then as I was there the very large church that is near the memorial started to ring the bells for 12:00 P.M. That is when I lost it and tears just started to flow. My friend and I got back in the car heading to LA, California and did not say a word to each other for an hour or so. It was that powerful. The brass chairs on the hill side also did me in.

My friend I was traveling with had been to the World Trade Center site and said that the Oklahoma City memorial was very similar.

Sorry Tiny for the hijack, but I figured that the feelings I had at these three events have to be close to what it is like at Arlington.

I am trying to think if there is somewhere in California that you could visit that would give you the same experience.

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If that 21 gun salute does not put a lump in your throat you don't have a heart!

If you go to Law Enforcement funeral for a "Life lost in the line of Duty" and the Call out does not bring you to tears you aren't human!

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