Why A.N.C. is Important to Me
by Abigayle Bradley
Ever heard of the place, Arlington National Cemetery? Well, if not then there is a lot that you are going to learn.
Arlington National Cemetery is the biggest and the most important cemetery in the United States. The cemetery is located in Arlington, Virginia. In the cemetery there are different sizes of the headstones and different people are buried from all over the world. Most of the people, who are buried, are from different wars. Also there is some statues there of important things or people. On every grave or statue, there is a caption describing what the statue represents and what it is trying to explain, or the years of when they were born to their death.
Arlington National Cemetery is very important. It’s important because so many people from World War one, World War two, Vietnam War, Revolutionary War, and so many other wars. Throughout the whole cemetery, all the soldiers and other people are buried in different parts of the cemetery. The regular headstone, the main part of it is where all the soldiers are buried from when they fought in the war. Then there are some more important places one of them is the place of the unknown soldiers. The unknown soldiers are the soldiers that people did not know or how they died in war. They do not have a grave for them because they do not have their souls. Instead of their funeral ceremony, they lay the wreath of the unknown soldiers as the ceremony. People join in with the other soldiers and the unknown soldiers rest in peace. They never can talk because they think of the soldiers of what they did and how they helped protect us. Another part is John F. Kennedy’s grave. To remember one of our residents, we put an eternal flame which is fire that will never get put out no matter what the climate is. to represent John F. Kennedy. I realized when I went to the Arlington Cemetery, I saw the caisson with the riderless horse and it made me realize that freedom is not free. The reason I think freedom is not free is that all the soldiers in the graves, sacrificed their lives so our country the United States would be free, but to them it’s not free because they fight for us and usually die during war.
I think I should lay the wreath of the unknown shoulders because the cemetery is very special to me. It is very special to me because of my grandfather who just recently passed away. My grandfather, William Bradley, he is a Marine and has been one for many years, but also a survivor! When he was fighting, he got a really bad injury. He was shot in the leg with a gun so, some body helped him by wrapping it up and resting until he was better. After a little while he retired, to this day, he thought everything he owns is still very important, so he kept everything. I remember his whole hat collection, sword collection and coat and uniform collection. Whenever I am around soldiers or Arlington Cemetery, I feel so special and feel like grandpa has met his friends again. He was in the sixth Marine division who fought at Okinawa I think I’m one of the luckiest girls on the planet because of my grandpa and how special he is to me. Arlington National Cemetery is one of my favorite places in the whole world and that will never change!