The first time I visited Arlington National Cemetery was as an eighth grader on spring break from Southern California. In no way was I able to appreciate or understand the gravity of what I was seeing - the endless sea of perfect white headstones representing the men and women who gave their lives while serving our country.
I was able to visit Arlington once again this past weekend. Perhaps most moving for me was watching the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Or maybe, watching the crowd of tourists watch the guard. All are silent, except for the occasional whisper. Most impressive to me was a group of young children, who may have had some difficulty sitting still, but somehow understood the respect they needed to show the Tomb of the Unknowns. I was a bit in awe.
I shot a bit of video while standing in the crowd. It's a bit shaky, but I posted it below.