Armistice Day was first celebrated on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War It’s been a federal holiday since 1938. The holiday now honors those who have served in the military through the nation’s many conflicts, including the Civil War. Here are four places in the DC area where veterans are laid to rest.
Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. It’s impossible not to be moved by the sheer number of white tombstones stretching to the horizon in every direction, the ritual of military burials, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or the eternal flame marking the grave of President John F. Kennedy. Read about the special ceremonies happening this Veterans Day.
Battleground National Cemetery in Rock Creek Park. One of the nation’s smallest national cemeteries, this one-acre plot of hallowed ground holds the remains of 41 Union soldiers who died in the Battle of Fort Stevens July 11-12, 1864. The two-day conflict resulted in 900 killed or wounded and the defeat of General Jubal A. Early’s Confederate assault on Washington. Abraham Lincoln created and dedicated the cemetery.
Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Virginia. Located on a longstanding military facility, the cemetery is the resting place of American servicemen and women as well as ten monuments, including the tomb of Louis R. Lowry, who took the photo of soldiers raising the American flag over Iwo Jima, the image that inspired the famous memorial.
Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, Virginia. Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were victorious here during early battles of the Civil War: the Battle of First Manassas (called the First Battle of Bull Run by the Union) in July 1861, and the Second Battle of Bull Run/Second Manassas the following year. The Confederate Cemetery is on the grounds, along with several family cemeteries dating back to the Civil War.