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Groups will want to be on their best behavior at Arlington National Cemetery, but not to worry - a quick reminder to the kids is all that’s necessary. The cemetery itself engenders respect the moment you step foot inside.
Bring your walking shoes as you visit three premier sites.
First is the grave of President John F. Kennedy. Assassinated in 1963, the untimely death of President Kennedy shocked the nation. Honored with interment at Arlington, he would later be joined by his wife Jaqueline, two of their children, and three more Kennedy brothers.
Secondly, be sure to stop at the stately Arlington House to learn about the origins of the cemetery and enjoy one of the most majestic views of D.C. across the Potomac River.
Finally, the crowning experience is the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Tomb sentinels are a rare breed, and their commitment to perfection and dedication to duty is on full display in this ceremony which honors all the unknown soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service of the country.
Groups also may request to participate in a Public Wreath Ceremony. Reservations are taking up to one year in advance.
Make sure to bring plenty of water and use the restrooms when you arrive at the visitor center - opportunities for both are limited once your tour begins.
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