Arlington, Virginia is home to some of
America’s most important historical landmarks and memorials, having been at the centre of pivotal moments
in history including the Civil War, Watergate, 9/11 and more. On the shore of the Potomac River with incredible views of Washington,
D.C., Arlington’s rich history is waiting to be explored.
These must-see sights can be easily
reached by foot, bus, Metrorail or bike and most are open year-round and
completely free for visitors to experience.
Here is a selection of the most iconic
memorials not to be missed in Arlington:
Air Force Memorial
With three elegant spires rising nearly
300 feet against the capital skyline, the Air Force Memorial honours the service and sacrifices of
the men and women of the United States Air Force and its heritage organisations,
and over 54,000 airmen who have died in combat. The memorial is free to visit
and open every day, (except Christmas Day) between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Arlington National Cemetery
A shrine to those who have honourably
served the nation during times of war and peace, Arlington National Cemetery is
the final resting place for more than 400,000 service members, veterans and
their families. The cemetery is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
and JFK’s gravesite. The cemetery is located across the Potomac River from
Washington D.C, at the end of Memorial Avenue and bus tours are available to
visit key memorials within the grounds.
War Memorial (Iwo Jima)
The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial represents America’s
gratitude to Marines and those who have fought beside them. While the bronze
statue depicts one of the most famous battles of World War II, the memorial is
dedicated to all Marines who have given their lives in defence of the United
States since 1775. The memorial can be found on Arlington Ridge on the axis of
the National Mall and is open year-round.
The 184 souls lost in the terrorist attack at the
Pentagon on 11 September 2001, when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77
crashed into the Pentagon, were mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children,
brothers, sisters, co-workers, flight crew, friends and patriots. The National
9/11 Pentagon Memorial captures a moment in time when 184 lives became
intertwined for eternity.
Posted by: Arlington Convention and Visitors Service
Posted on: 19/07/2019