Dinwiddie High School’s JROTC visited Arlington National Cemetery on November 16, 2016. The Arlington National Cemetery(ANC) was established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, which was an estate of Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Anna (Custis) Lee. The Cadets visited various memorials and historic sites.  Many cadets were not aware that an eternal flame marks the gravesite of John F Kennedy, his wife Jacqueline and 2 of their children. The Cadets watched in reverence the Changing of the Guard  at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, that is on top of a hill overlooking Washington D.C.  . It was a peaceful and highly choreographed performance that was one of the highlights of the trip. The most touching event was when the Cadets fanned out in section 27 of the Cemetery to locate the great grandfather of one of their own. Cadet Captain Kaylin William brought a wreath to lay upon the final resting place of her great grandfather, James W. Brown, who served in three wars: World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, Eleanor.  The tour provided the JROTC Cadets with valuable insight into the final resting place of some of our most honored military members and notable individuals in our history. Arlington National Cemetery will be at capacity by the year 2020. This is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime.

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