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Arlington’s Presidential Past

As America gears up for perhaps the most highly anticipated election in US history, Stay Arlington celebrates the Presidents that have left their legacy in the county.
Visit JFK’s Eternal Flame gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington National Cemetery is the resting place for more than 400,000 active duty service members, veterans and their families. Visitors to the cemetery can learn all about Arlington’s rich history and witness time-honoured traditions including the Changing of the Guard ceremony, performed by the U.S. Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
One of the most recognisable of the memorials is the grave site of 35th President John. F Kennedy.  Marked by the iconic Eternal Flame, the permanent graveside sits in front of Arlington House, the memorial for Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee. JFK’s brother, Robert F. Kennedy is buried adjacent to the former president. https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/#!/
Franklin D. Roosevelt Builds the Pentagon
 In May 1941, 32nd President Franklin D. Roosevelt determined that the War Department needed additional space and following a congressional hearing, it was agreed that this innovative new building would be located in Arlington. In July 1941, budget for the new building was approved but with instructions it had to be a permanent strucure to house the entire department and it could only be four stories high, not obstructing the views of the nation’s capital. 
Over the years, The Pentagon has been a pivotal part of the US’s history including the Korean and Vietnam wars but perhaps most significantly 9/11, where a hijacked plane struck the building, 60 years to the day when construction started. 
Today, visitors can pre-book a guide tour of the building at least 14 days in advance, by visiting https://pentagontours.osd.mil/Tours/
Theodore Roosevelt Island 
Theodore Roosevelt Island is a tribute to outdoors man and naturalist Theodore Roosevelt, the USA's 26th president. This 91-acre wooded island sanctuary features a memorial plaza (a perfect spot for a photo opportunity), as well as a few trails for exploring wooded uplands, swampy bottomlands, and Potomac River views. Bird watching and kayaking are also popular activities in and around the park. The island is located on the Potomac River between Key Bridge and the Roosevelt Bridge, and is connected to Arlington via a pedestrian bridge.
For further information on Arlington, visit www.stayarlington.com  

 

Posted by: Arlington Convention and Visitors Service
Posted on: 02/09/2020

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