Why Arlington Cemetery Is So Important
By Shelby Wanzor
Arlington National Cemetery is important to our nation because of all of the military veterans and casualties from the American Civil War through the War of Afghanistan and Iraq that are buried there. People can go see who fought and died for our country.
There are at least 400,000 graves there. It was established on June 28,1864. It is divided into 70 sections. Two of the sections are the people that fought in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The most popular tomb is called the Tomb of the Unknowns. It stands on top of a hill overlooking Washington DC. There are 4 soldiers buried there. Their names are not known. The grave marker says they are known only by God. Each of the soldiers buried there is either from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The tomb has been continually guarded since July 2,1937 by the US Army.
I should be chosen to hang the wreath because a lot of my relatives served in the military. My Great-Great Uncle George was a Colonel in World War II. My Great Uncle Lester was a Green Beret in the Vietnam War and served three tours of duty. My Great-Great Uncle William served as a General in World War II. My Mom is a Daughter of the American Revolution which means someone from my Grandmother's and Grandfather's side of the family served in the American Revolution. My Grandfather, Aubrey Wanzor, was a crew chief for B-17's and B-25's in World War II. My Uncle John was trained as a medical doctor and a Captain in the Army. I also have a lot of other relatives who fought in the wars. I do believe that I should be chosen to hang the wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns because of the many relatives of mine that helped to assure my freedom and to make the United States a safer place for kids like me and everybody to grow up in.