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William Howard Taft who was the President of the United States was also the tenth Chief Justice of the United States and a member of the Republican Party. In 1930 he succumbed to illness and was buried in the Arlington National Cemetery. Sculpted by James Earle Fraser, hordes of visitors head to the Taft to pay their respects to the President.
Soldiers always exhibit immense strength and valor, and every nation always ensures that they are given their due respect. United States is no exception to this and hence it has established the Tomb of the Unknowns within the Arlington National Cemetery. It is in the memory of the servicemen who died in the World Wars and could not be identified. Also the highest military honor conferred by the government 'Medal of Honor', was awarded to these soldiers. The tomb has such a great significance that being a Tomb Guard is considered to be a great honor and very few manage to pass through the training. It truly pays a tribute to the gallantry and courage displayed by the soldiers. It opens for the public everyday at 8 a.m.
Arlington JFK Eternal Flame is a tribute to the late President John F. Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy requested for the flame to be put up and the lighting of the flame was witnessed by millions of people. In honor of the President, a postage stamp with the image of the Eternal Flame was also issued. Throughout the year the torch burns, inspiring and keeping the memory of the beloved President alive. Located within the Arlington National Cemetery, millions of tourists flock here to pay their respect.
The Women in Military Service for America Memorial is located at the entrance of the Arlington National Cemetary and is an exceptional tribute to the service of American women in the armed forces. The construction of the memorial was completed in the late 90's and includes a theater, conference room, gift shop, and terrace. The register in the center of the memorial has information, medals, plaques, and documents that regale the contribution of hundreds of thousands of women in the service of the country. This inspiring memorial is definitely worth a visit when in Arlington.
The Air Force Memorial is a tribute and honor to the air force personnel of United States of America. It is was built in 2006 and is open to public visitation throughout the year, free of charge. The memorial also has a shop which houses items sold exclusively at the memorial. There are many concerts and events that take place at this memorial throughout the year. For more details, please see the website.
The Pentagon Memorial was constructed in memory of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was opened with a performance by the Navy Band and the Sea Chanters Chorus. The maple trees surrounding the memorial add to the serene atmosphere. The memorial is open 24 hours a day year round for those who wish to visit.
One of the most recognizable structures on the face of this earth, the Pentagon is located across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia and is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. One of the largest office buildings in the world, this pentagonal behemoth stands in the center of an estate and courtyard that encompasses 29 acres (11.7 hectares) in total. Operated by a workforce that consists of over 20,000 military and civilian employees, the Pentagon's primary directive is to ensure that the security of the United States is never compromised.
The image of five marines and a navy corpsman raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during World War II is known to every American schoolchild. Seen in person, the bronze 78-foot (23.77 meters) statue is sure to stir emotions. The sculpture near Arlington National Cemetery, commemorates the 6,800 soldiers who were martyred during World War II in order to capture the tiny Japanese island of Iwo Jima. Today, the memorial is dedicated to all U.S. Marines who died lsot their lives on battlefields. A Marine Parade is held at 7p Tuesdays throughout the summer.